Published: 4 October 2021

On 30 September, we submitted our response to the Government’s Spending Review 2021.

The submission calls on Government to provide support and investment to sustain a diverse life sciences ecosystem and advance clinical research.

We outlined the following asks for Government: 

  • to continue short term financial support for charity-funded early career researchers over the next 3 years to sustain the talent pipeline.
  • to continue to prioritise block grant funding to universities through QR, and to maintain and boost the Charity Research Support Fund to safeguard charity-university partnerships.
  • to ensure that medical research charities are part of crucial discussions about the long-term sustainability of research in universities.
  • to work with charities and universities to ensure that the CRSF is as transparent and effective as possible for all parties.
  • to invest £775 million in clinical research to deliver the ambitions of the Life Sciences Vision and to make the UK a global life science hub.
  • to invest the £400 million needed to unlock the potential of data for R&D, and to support both infrastructure and effective engagement.