RAS welcomes science budget uplift

The Royal Astronomical Society welcomes the uplift to the public sector research budget announced by the UK Government.

Allocations for 2020 to 2021 were announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at the end of May.

UK Research and Innovation, which includes the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC – covering astronomy and space science) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC – covering geophysics), will see its budget rise from £7.04 billion for 2019-20 to £8.447 billion for this year.

The UK Space Agency will see a budget increase from £446 million to £547 million over the same timeframe.

RAS President-elect Professor Emma Bunce commented:

“Additional investment by the government in science sends a positive message about the value of research. I very much welcome this increase, which recognises the world-leading work of UK scientists in all disciplines.

‘The details of the allocations do of course matter, and we will continue to press for a fair settlement for fundamental research, including astronomy, space science and geophysics.”


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Notes for editors

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Submitted by Robert Massey on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 10:35