More bad news on UK science funding.
I have been off sick today, but felt a whole lot sicker when I saw that the government had unveiled its plans for UK research spending over the next few years.
At first sight the picture looks encouraging. For example, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) sees a modest increase on cash terms from 16/17 to the end of the budget period. However that picture soon changes when you note that the allocation to STFC this year (15/16) was £400M. The allocation for (16/17) is £388M, so there’s an immediate reduction of £12M in available resource corresponding to a 3% cash cut.
This is a truly terrible result for the STFC community. I fear for grant funding in particular; that’s always what takes the hit when immediate savings are needed.
It seems clear to me that a deliberate decision was made in BIS to exclude the current year’s figures…
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