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Independent reviews

Cooksey Review

On 31 March 2006, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, appointed Sir David Cooksey to lead a review to build agreement on the best institutional arrangements for the new single fund for health research announced in the Budget.

The Review undertook a call for evidence between 4 May and 28 July 2006. Over 280 responses where received, copies of all but a few confidential responses will be available on this website from 11 December 2006.

The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society jointly hosted a one-day stakeholder meeting, entitled Lost in Translation, in July 2006. Over 70 leading representatives from science, medicine, medical research charities, the NHS, universities, Government Departments and the health industries attended the meeting. A copy of the meeting report will be available on this website from 11 December 2006.

Sir David Cooksey reported to the Chancellor and to the Secretaries of State for Health and Trade and Industry on 6 December 2006. The review concludes that, although good progress has been made in some areas further work is needed to ensure that publicly funded health research is carried out in the most effective and efficient way, and to facilitate rapid translation of research findings into health and economic benefits. The report recommends specific actions which Government can take to achieve this. In his Pre-Budget Report on 6 December, The Chancellor announced that he and the Secretaries of States of Health and DTI accepted the recommendations. A copy of the report is available below. Two background papers, a historical overview of Government health research policy and a paper which gives examples of publicly-funded schemes to support the translation of research, will be available on this website from 11 December 2006.

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Final report

A review of UK health research funding (PDF 636KB) (ISBN: 978-0-11-840488-4)

Call for evidence

Press Notices

Background papers

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