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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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Research from art history to dance could face a major challenge in providing open-access outputs due to expensive and complex artists’ rights, a report by a former Arts and Humanities Research Council chief executive has found.
Greg Clark, the UK's minister for universities, science and cities, has told MPs that it would be wrong for the government to "set in stone" how the remainder of its fund for grand challenges will be allocated.
The UK research councils are trying to work out the real reasons for yet another review of their structure.
UK researchers are facing their most uncertain year in a long time. An absence of leadership at the top means the government’s chief scientific adviser Mark Walport will be more involved in determining the shape of things to come.
The Treasury has launched a review of how the research councils fund scientific research.