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'The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research'

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 12:27
Published on Monday, 29 March 2010 12:11

The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee has published its report on the impact of current and likely future cuts on science and scientific research.
The RAS contributed written evidence to the inquiry, stressing the relative strength of the UK in astronomy and space science and warning of the specific effects of cuts to the research budget. The Society submission  argued against the use of 'impact' in assessing grant applications and in measuring the strength of research in the Research Excellence Framework.

The submission also emphasised RAS support for the review of STFC led by Science Minister Lord Drayson. This review (now complete - see the joint RAS / IoP statement) aimed to minimise the effects of both exchange rate and GDP fluctuations and the costs of facilities shared by research councils on the STFC resources available for research grants.

View the full Committee report, published oral and written evidence and other RAS policy papers.