John O’Reilly, the Director General for Knowledge and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has requested views and comments on the key priorities and challenges for the science and research budget in forthcoming spending decisions for the 2015 to 2016 financial year.
He has specifically asked for views on the following key criteria:
- Ensuring excellence with impact, sustaining our national capability and international competitiveness
- Maximising the contribution to UK economic growth
- Continuing to improve the efficiency of the research base
- Maximising the leverage from private, charitable and international funders
And thoughts on the following:
- The role of the science and research ringfence in supporting national objectives
- The optimum balance between resource and capital
- Factors that influence the confidence and funding inclinations of bodies outside the science and
- research base, not last those in the innovation ecosystem
His letter can be found here. If you’re a member and you’d like to contribute to our response, please send any comments to our Science Policy Officer, Cat Ball firstname.lastname@example.org, by Tuesday 7th May.
We will endeavour to champion the opinions of our members and respond to this consultation in collaboration with the Science Policy team at the Society of Biology.