EPSRC funding cuts

You might remember a previous article covering an interview of Tony Blair talking about the importance of science to Britain. This doesn’t seem be true of science funding. Both the funding body for science research and medical research will suffer.

This is an extract from an email I recieved on the department email list;

UK scientists will know about the recent decision to cut £29 million from the EPSRC budget at the last minute. In response to this, EPSRC have said that they will make no new grant commitments during the period 1 April to 30 June 2007 and may also reduce the expected “doctoral training account”.

There is now a petition against this on the Prime Minister’s Web site. Please consider signing this and asking all your friends and colleaugues to do the same.

If you are a UK resident, you can register your name by following the link http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/reseach
[note that the link name really is reseach, not research!]

“I wish the Government to review its recent decision outlined below:

The British Government has slashed the funding of scientific Research Councils by £68 million. The Research Councils most affected by this include the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which has been hit by a £29 million reduction in funding, and the Medical Research Council, which is seeing a £10.7 million reduction in funding.
The response of the BBSRC biological research council announces that the council will have to cut 20 new grants and reduce expenditure on new equipment.”

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