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Science Funding

The corona viruses cause the common cold in humans. Funding for research improves the quality of life.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is responsible for the allocation of the Science Budget into research via the seven Research Councils for which the Director General for Science and Research (DGSR), Professor Adrian Smith, is responsible.

In recent years the Government has substantially increased spending on science. Between 1997 and 2007 the science budget will have more than doubled, rising to £3.4 billion. This has enabled the Research Councils to substantially raise their support for research and to make a major start in repairing the scientific infrastructure.

Science Budget Allocations 2005-06 to 2007-08, published on 26 May 2005, provides greater detail on the areas of spend for the three year period 2005-08.

The Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014: Next Steps sets out the Government’s thoughts on the long-term challenges facing UK science and innovation.