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Investing in science

Last reviewed 
12 October 2017

Stable long-term investment in medical research is vital for the development of new treatments and also generates economic benefits for the UK. 

Policy 
  • Long-term government investment in research through the dual support system is needed to underpin the UK’s vibrant science base. It allows scientists to access a diverse mix of funding and respond to new challenges and opportunities.
  • The Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF), distributed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), supports world-class universities in England and enables public donations to be spent directly on research. 
  • AMRC and our members are calling on Government to enhance the CRSF in real terms in line with inflation and charity investment, as recommended in the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.
  • It is vital that new funds for research are allocated in line with the ‘balanced funding principle’ between both challenge-led funding and university block funding in order to ensure optimal functioning of the research landscape. 
Quality and standards 
Data and impact