Science and Research Funding (2011-12 to 2014-15)

Business, Innovation and Skills written statement – made on 20th December 2010.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The coalition Government are publishing today the allocation of science and research funding for 2011-12 to 2014-15.

Our world class science and research base is inherently valuable, as well as critical to promoting economic growth. Despite enormous pressure on public spending, the £4.6 billion per annum funding for science and research programmes has been protected in cash terms and ring fenced against future pressures during the spending review period. For the first time HE research funding in England has been included within this ring fence, providing overall stability and certainty to the research base.

Allocations for resource are set out in table 1, below, and allocations for capital are in table 2.

This Government are committed to efficiency, prioritisation and reform. We shall delay capital investment to maximise investment in research projects and in people undertaking research. The Government intend to announce during 2011 the allocation of funding to a small number of further projects on the 2010 large facilities roadmap.

Savings from improved efficiency will be recycled directly within the ring fence. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will reform its quality-related (QR) funding for research with a greater focus on research excellence and reform higher education innovation funding with a greater focus on business interaction.

Collaboration is one of the key themes of these allocations. There will be significant collaboration among research councils, and among universities, tackling issues of national importance, often working with the TSB.

There will also be greater coherence among HEFCE and the research councils. For example HEFCE and the research councils will work together so that support and incentives to bring universities and business closer together are delivered coherently.

These allocations provide funding for the arts, humanities and social sciences as well as STEM to pursue vital research. Outstanding researchers in all fields will be funded to pursue curiosity driven work and to define their own areas of scholarship. We are also putting the new UK Space Agency on a firm footing.

The allocation will allow research councils, HEFCE and the national academies to maintain the flow of talented new researchers and maintain national capability. It will enable them to provide researchers with access to key large scale research infrastructure, both here and abroad. Funding bodies will concentrate on research centres of proven excellence, with the critical mass to address national challenges and compete internationally and the expertise to collaboration with business.

A copy of the allocation document has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The grant letter sent by the Secretary of State to HEFCE today also includes details relevant to science and research funding. A copy of that letter has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Table 1 Resource
Baseline 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 TOTALS FinalYear toBaseline
£'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Research Councils 2,549,353 2,596,196 2,573,678 2,586,641 2,599,812 10,356,327 101.98%
AHRC 100,717 99,881 98,370 98,370 98,370 394,993 97.67%
BBSRC 362,341 370,306 359,471 351,471 351,471 1,432,718 97.00%
ESRC 158,061 155,690 153,319 153,319 153,319 615,648 97.00%
EPSRC 771,289 759,720 748,150 748,150 748,150 3,004,171 97.00%
MRC 545,585 536,172 546,243 559,894 574,641 2,216,950 105.33%
NERC 298,071 298,600 297,129 300,129 289,129 1,184,987 97.00%
STFC - Core Programme 177,519 190,060 172,200 172,200 172,190 706,650 97.00%
STFC - Cross-Council facilities(1) 66,800 77,170 79,280 81,410 89,470 327,330 133.94%
STFC - International Subscriptions(2) 68,970 108,598 119,515 121,697 123,071 472,881 178.44%
HEFCE 1,731,300 1,662,112 1,699,578 1,685,689 1,686,321 6,733,700 97.40%
QR Research 1,618,300 1,549,112 1,586,578 1,572,689 1,573,321 6,281,700 97.22%
HEIF(3) 113,000 113,000 113,000 113,000 113,000 452,000 100.00%
National Academies 87,832 87,465 86,547 86,547 86,547 347,106 98.54%
Royal Society 48,558 47,830 47,101 47,101 47,101 189,133 97.00%
British Academy 26,448 27,001 27,005 27,005 27,005 108,015 102.10%
Royal Academy of Eng 12,826 12,634 12,441 12,441 12,441 49,957 97.00%
Other Programmes 43,616 24,496 24,140 24,165 24,005 96,805 55.04%
Science & Society 15,441 13,000 13,000 13,000 13,000 52,000 84.19%
International 5,104 5,095 4,740 4,765 4,605 19,205 90.22%
Foresight 2,800 2,800 2,800 2,800 2,800 11,200 100.00%
Evidence & Evaluation 20,271 3,600 3,600 3,600 3,600 14,400 46.32%
UK Space Agency 163,805 205,637 191,963 192,864 179,221 769,685 109.41%
Total S&R Resource 4,575,906 4,575,906 4,575,906 4,575,906 4,575,906 18,303,622 100.00%
(1)Operated by STFC on behalf of all Research Councils.

(2)Managed by STFC on behalf of ail Research Councils. Total resource expenditure on international subscriptions in 2010-11, including the additional exchange rate costs was £103 million. The SRIO allocations are at the exchange rates prevailing in early December 2010 and reflect a shift in funding from capital to resource.

(3)HEIF will also include £37 million pa from HEFCE, taking the total for each year to £150 million.

Table 2 Capital
Council Baseline 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Total Final Year to Baseline
£'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Research Councils 393,438 239,821 199,393 181,430 180,967 801,611 46.00%
AHRC 3,150 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
BBSRC 66,480 38,000 29,700 29,700 29,700 127,100 44.68%
ESRC 20,600 18,700 13,700 12,700 12,700 57,800 61.65%
EPSRC 49,261 31,000 35,000 25,000 25,000 116,000 50.75%
MRC 134,517 33,000 29,000 31,000 31,000 124,000 23.05%
NERC 34,183 32,200 17,800 17,800 17,800 85,600 52.07%
STFC - Core Programme 85,247 19,630 21,981 14,237 14,169 70,017 75.98%
STFC - Cross-Council Facilities 21,070 21,919 22,463 22,931 88,383
STFC - International Subscriptions(4) 46,221 30,293 28,530 27,667 132,711
Large Facilities Capital Fund 103,380 115,279 61,307 47,769 128,132 352,487 123.94%
UK Space Agency 19,000 19,000 19,000 19,000 19,000 76,000 100.00%
HEX Capital HEFCE 166,952 75,170 90,970 90,160 101,500 357,800 60.80%
HEI Research Capital England 158,420 53,199 64,377 63,810 71,831 253,217 45.34%
HEI Research Capital Scotland(5) 23,622 8,620 10,431 10,339 11,639 41,029 49.27%
HEI Research Capital Wales(5) 6,031 2,113 2,557 2,535 2,854 10,059 47.32%
HEI Research Capital N. Ireland(5) 1,778 798 965 957 1,077 3,797 60.57%
TOTAL 872,621 514,000 449,000 416,000 517,000 1,896,000 59.25%
(4)This figure reflects a shift from capital to resource.

(5)These funds are allocated on the basis that they will be supplemented by further funding from each of the devolved HE funding bodies.

Note: These figures are indicative for the three years from 2012-13 to 2014-15