Research councils and funding

Carnival atmosphere at the London March for Science as events take place across the world

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Peer review process punishes academics who ‘challenge the dogma’ of their field, scientists claim

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University’s head of Brexit strategy urges universities to apply pressure over ‘essential’ priority

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Scholars applaud call to increase cash for basic research, but question timing of release

British researchers no longer win the most grants for established scientists, having already fallen behind in early career category


Figures demonstrate the power of the ‘golden triangle’ in bidding for EU cash

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V-c warns that European Court of Justice role in grant disputes makes UK association ‘difficult to see’

Sprinters on blocks

More money and competition for tenure has helped country’s young researchers progress

A lone spectator

Without input from other disciplines, new technologies will fail to improve lives, report warns


Universities warn they may be unable to meet staffing and facilities costs alone

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Transparency ‘crucial’ to the introduction of new metrics in Continent’s research system

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Lack of clear strategy to keep UK in EU’s research framework is blocking new collaborative projects

Carlos Moedas, European Union (EU) Commissioner

Carlos Moedas defends research council as discussions build over next framework programme

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Health and environmental agencies face savage reductions as defence spending soars

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Life science is a big part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, but neglecting basic research will drive top researchers abroad and threaten the flow of translatable discoveries, says Philippe Froguel

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Early signs of new administration’s attitude to research funding worry experts

Sir Mark Walport

Who is the man who will take the top job in UK science?

James Fryer illustration (23 February 2017)

Development assistance and research alike are ill-served by cash earmarked for both, argue Ambreena Manji and Peter Mandler

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Mathematical model works by trying to remove skewing of results in group funding decisions

Dame Athene Donald on how the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had to reissue a job advert for UKRI board members