UK invests a quarter billion in global research collaborations
22 Jan 2019
Science and universities minister Chris Skidmore has announced a slew of international research collaborations that will be supported by more than a quarter of a billion pounds worth of Government investment.
A total of 28 projects focusing on diverse projects including eco-friendly packaging, tackling anti-microbial resistance, AI expansion and business innovation will share in £279 million of available funding.
Said the minister: “The UK has a reputation for globally influential research and innovation, and is at the centre of a web of global collaboration – showing that science has no borders."
The investment forms part of the new Industrial Strategy's ‘Grand Challenges’ intended to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future by taking advantage of major global changes, to improve British productivity. Skidmore added that over 50% of UK authored research involves collaborations with international partners.
“The projects being announced today reinforce our commitment to enhance the UK’s excellence in innovation at home and around the world, driving high-skilled jobs, economic growth and productivity as part of the modern Industrial Strategy,” he commented.