Skinny new money for science in 2012 budget
We’ve just liveblogged the budget announcement, which didn’t contain very much about science funding and even less new money for science.
The two exceptions appear to be an £100m commitment of “new” money toward university research centres, and the £60m toward a new aerodynamics research facility.
Details of the university funding are still fuzzy, but here’s what RCUK had to say about the proposal:
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to welcome the new £100 million investment in research capital for universities announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during his budget today (21 March). The funding, to be administered by HEFCE, will be dedicated to large capital projects which lever significant private investment, such as joint research facilities.
This funding is a boost to UK research, which has seen reductions to capital budgets, as it will help accelerate private sector investment in research infrastructure. Investment in the research base is essential to stimulating growth and this new funding acknowledges how vital research is to the economic prosperity and societal wellbeing of the UK.
RCUK activity encourages and facilitates partnerships between the private sector and researchers in UK universities through collaborative funding, knowledge transfer initiatives and by providing access to world-class facilities.
There don’t seem to be any similar details on the aerospace centre yet floating around, but it could possibly be a successor to the UK Applied Aerodynamics Consortium which looks like it closed up shop around 2007.
[UPDATE: Here’s what the budget white paper says about this facility:
£60 million to establish a UK centre for aerodynamics which will open in 2012–13 and support innovation in aerospace technology, commercialise new ideas and spin-off technologies with wider applications in other sectors. This is in addition to the £125 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative that will help improve the global competitiveness of advanced manufacturing supply chains, such as in the aerospace sector. ]
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