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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Maritime Enterprise Working Group (15 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The Maritime Enterprise Working Group (MEWG) was set up, following the publication of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in 2017, to provide a forum for the UK’s professional marine engineering, science, manufacturing and technology community for addressing issues of common concern to secure a truly competitive, sustainable and globally successful marine engineering and shipbuilding...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q It is lovely to see our two witnesses this afternoon. The first question is to Bob. You mentioned in your written evidence to the Science and Technology Committee that a body like ARIA will need an understanding of failure. What does a new understanding of failure look like, exactly?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you very much for that. I have a more general question to both of you. One of the things we have heard a lot about today is the importance of fitting ARIA into a larger innovation system. What advice do you both have about how ARIA can forge the most productive relationships with a range of public and private sectors, for example?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you, David. Bob, any further thoughts on the relationship and how to engage with public and private sector?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Welcome to the witnesses—it is lovely to see you this afternoon. I have two questions that are relevant to all three of you, please. Given that we know how important ARIA is to the UK economy, what importance do you put on patience when we think about funding high-risk transformational research? How necessary is it that we have a long-term view?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you. Sticking with you, Sir Adrian, I was thinking that we have heard an awful lot about the importance of ARIA recruiting people from a variety of backgrounds. I wonder how we attract the best people, from industry in particular.

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you to our great witnesses. I have one question for both witnesses. What is the importance of giving ARIA independence from Government and Ministers, compared with other parts of the R&D system?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q It is a great pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mrs Cummins. I want to acknowledge the excellence of our witnesses and to thank them. With your permission, I will ask one question to each witness. I am going to start with Dr Peter Highnam. How do you ensure evaluation and scrutiny of DARPA’s programmes outside what is mandated in legislation? What information do you gather to...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you. That was a very precise answer to what I know was a very large question. I would next like to come to Regina Dugan, if I may. As you well know, Wellcome Leap was created as a separate body from Wellcome Trust. Why was that decision made and how will it help Wellcome Leap achieve its objectives sitting outside of the Wellcome Trust?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you very much. That is really helpful. My final question is to Professor Azoulay. In your paper you mention that organisations’ flexibility is essential to the ARPA model. Can you talk a little bit about what that flexibility involves please?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you, Ms McVey, and thank you to all the witnesses. I have just one question for Professor Philip Bond. We have tried to balance giving ARIA independence and ensuring good governance. What are your thoughts on the ideal size of ARIA’s board and giving ARIA’s chair the freedom to decide who sits on it?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q May I say what a pleasure it is to be here under your chairmanship to discuss such an important subject, Ms McVey? I have two separate questions for both the witnesses. The first question, for Tris Dyson, is about funding mechanisms and how they support the R&D system. Do you have some examples of how a range of funding mechanisms support the R&D system?

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: Q Thank you, that is really helpful. My next question is to Dame Ottoline. We acknowledge that there is clearly a role for ARIA, but I think it is important that it does not just fund the usual suspects. What are your thoughts on this? How will ARIA be able to target people and ideas that are not picked up through the current system, for example that UKRI is able to target?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Horizon Europe: Finance (13 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: I am pleased that the UK reached an agreement to take part in the Horizon Europe programme. Association to Horizon has been welcomed by businesses and the research community and will bring huge benefits to the UK. The Government will be making available an additional £250m in 2021/22 for Horizon association. Also, £400m of funding announced at SR20 to support government priorities has been...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation: Finance (13 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes. On 2nd December last year, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary wrote to the Chair of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid (13 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes. The Government recognises the importance of supporting international research partnerships,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation: Finance (13 Apr 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The Government recognises the importance of supporting international research partnerships, and supporting the UK research sector. Our commitment to research and innovation has been clearly demonstrated by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement of increasing investment in R&D across government to £14.6bn in 2021/22, and as has been set out in our Integrated...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Africa: Research (30 Mar 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes. BEIS is working with its ODA Delivery Partners to manage the implementation of the 21/22...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Coronavirus: Research (26 Mar 2021)

Amanda Solloway: The Vaccines Taskforce has coordinated the collective efforts of government, academia, industry and healthcare to find successful and effective vaccines. The Government has secured early access to 457 million vaccines doses through agreements with eight separate vaccine developers. As a result, the UK was the first country in the world to procure, authorise and start a vaccination programme...


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