RCUK announces strategic framework for capital funding

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Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched its Strategic Framework for Capital Investment.

Investing for Growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century is a strategic framework against which Research Councils will plan future investments in the UK’s capital infrastructure for research.

Prof Rick Rylance, chair of Research Councils UK, said: ‘Economic pressures have led to a reduction in capital funding for research and, critically, the removal of this funding from the Science Budget’s ringfence.

‘However, the need for investment in capital and infrastructure projects has not diminished; in fact, it is more crucial than ever. The rate of technological advance is accelerating and our researchers need the very best facilities to deliver the excellent research needed for economic growth.

‘RCUK has responded to this challenge, and the Framework will enable the Research Councils to make strategic capital investment decisions to retain, foster and develop our national capability and continue to lead in global science and research.’