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Minister Johnson wants UK to be best place in world to do science

Staff writer ▼ | January 28, 2016
Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, sets out his vision to ensure the UK remains a global leader in science and engineering.
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Delivering the annual Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) lecture, he highlighted the importance of the UK’s international research partnerships and the strength of ties with European research partners.

In the speech, he announced new funding to put the UK at the forefront of international research and inspire the next generation of world-class scientists. These include:

- doubling the Newton Fund for international research from its current £75 million per year to £150 million per year by 2021, meaning a total investment of £735 million from 2014 to 2021.

The fund will enable UK scientists to partner with academics and researchers in developing countries and emerging markets to support their economic development and the UK’s research base.

-a new government partnership with the Wellcome Trust to deliver the £30 million Inspiring Science Capital Fund (with £20 million from government and £10 million from the Wellcome Trust).

Science centres and attractions across the UK will be able to bid into the fund to refresh and refurbish exhibitions and infrastructure to inspire young people from all backgrounds to engage with science and consider a STEM career.