Growth by Research is seeking to win the support of Ministers and Members of Parliament to ensure that the next government funds research and innovation at the levels of our international competitors and ensures that all research that has been judged to be excellent is funded, wherever it occurs.
The current funding system in the UK has resulted in hyper-concentration of resources in fewer universities. In 2012/13, five of Britain’s 161 universities received 25% of the annual recurrent research funding from government: 75 per cent was been allocated to just 31 universities.
Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and a leading supporter of the Growth by Research campaign said:“Ministers of all governments have been right to say that research and economic growth are closely linked.”
“While I would expect and support a degree of concentration the current funding system has resulted in hyper-concentration with taxpayer investment being focused on just a few universities. This limits the capacity of most universities to provide research support, particularly for their local businesses and public services. In turn, this limits innovation and is particularly unhelpful to small and medium size businesses that are more likely to turn to their local university for research support.”
The Growth by Research campaign is calling for government to:
- Reassert its commitment to the need for a broad and balanced research base, including investing in the research infrastructure of all universities.
- Increase the existing science and innovation budget so that the UK is in the top 10 OECD countries measured by the proportion of GDP spent on science and innovation.
- Fund research wherever it occurs so that all universities can support British businesses and public services to capitalise on our country’s scientific discoveries.
- Explore innovative ways of using existing public funds to allow them to support research, including greater investment in translational research.
- Secure increased funding from the private sector and non-governmental organisations.