The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society have jointly submitted a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Science and Innovation Strategy.
The academies support the Government’s efforts to develop a strategy to shape the future of UK research up to 2020 and beyond, and recommend that the strategy should:
- Provide a flexible long-term framework that enables the UK to collaborate and compete internationally by supporting a broad research base across all disciplines. This should sit at the heart of Government’s industrial strategy and plans for growth.
- Be broad in scope to encompass the UK’s richly diverse and integrated research and innovation system, including Government, industry, charities and other organisations nationally and internationally.
- Place excellence at the heart of decision making about research investment.
- Be ambitious in its vision and deliver effective results.
The Royal Society has also submitted an additional letter highlighting the main messages from its recent report Vision for science and mathematics education.