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Chancellor earmarks £2.9bn of capital for grand challenges


The capital budget for science of £1.1 billion a year will be split between a capital fund for grand challenges research and one for existing laboratories, the chancellor said in his 2014 autumn statement. He also unveiled £800 million for research projects and facilities.

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free article Research councils under review again as structure is questioned


The Treasury has launched a review of how the research councils fund scientific research.

free article REF could do more to recognise collaboration, says University Alliance


University Alliance, the group representing the UK’s business-focused universities, has argued that impact and collaboration could be "further recognised and incentivised by funding systems".

free article Universities outline where axe will fall if QR funding is cut


Universities have warned that any reduction in quality-related funding for universities would harm basic research, disproportionately affect the humanities and social sciences and possibly lead to redundancies.


free article Plans for Scotland's universities welcomed by researchers


Academics have expressed relief that the Smith commission has not recommended a revision of Scotland's relationship with Research Councils UK, and have welcomed a suggestion to introduce a post-study work route for international students.

free article Library offers diverse audience to help ‘road test’ your research questions
Research Fortnight


At a library in Shoreditch, east London, a network for researchers, students and activists is helping academics to reach a wide audience.