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UK science research agenda should be set by stronger single agency, review recommends

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6277 (Published 20 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6277
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

A government commissioned review of UK research councils has called for a more formal role for the councils’ partnership organisation to streamline administration and provide a more united voice in promoting science research to the government.1

Paul Nurse, a geneticist and head of the Francis Crick Institute in London, who led the review, said that the seven research councils provided high quality leadership in their respective disciplines and that they should continue to manage their individual research budgets, which total around £3bn a year. He was speaking at a press conference on 19 November.

But the Research Councils UK partnership should evolve into a more …

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