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Government sets out R&D roadmap

The Government recently published a new R&D Roadmap, which sets out the UK’s vision to cement itself as the best location in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The Research and Development Roadmap, published at the start of July is part of the Government’s long-term plan to attract the best global talent and cut bureaucracy around innovation and development.

This document is seen as a key cornerstone in the nation’s economic recovery and includes a pledge to spend £300 million on scientific infrastructure across the UK.

The Roadmap also includes support for projects that attempt to address key global and national challenges, such as climate change, quality of life improvement, strengthening national security and enhancing existing public services.

To achieve this, the Government plans to:

  • Increase investment in ground-breaking research and cut bureaucracy.
  • Establish the Office for Talent, making it easier for top global science, research and innovation talent to come to the UK.
  • Create an Innovation Expert Group to review and improve how the government supports research.
  • Provide the necessary funding to help entrepreneurs and start-ups scale up their innovations.

Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said: “The UK has a strong history of turning new ideas into revolutionary technologies – from penicillin to graphene and the world wide web. Our vision builds on these incredible successes to cement Britain’s reputation as a global science superpower.

“The R&D Roadmap sets out our plan to attract global talent, cut unnecessary red tape and ensure our best minds get the support they need to solve the biggest challenges of our time.”

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