Science and Technology Select Committee
Science research funding in universities

4th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 8 August 2019 - HL Paper 409



Chapter 1: Introduction


Our inquiry

Structure of this report

Chapter 2: Current issues

Funding in higher education

Direct funding for research

Figure 1: Universities’ research income 2017/18

Funding for scientific infrastructure

Challenges posed by the current funding system

Stagnation of QR funding

Cross subsidies and the higher education ecosystem

Ratio of applied research to discovery science research

2.4% target and the pipeline of researchers

Chapter 3: The Augar Review

Impact on university finances

Impact on research

Diversion of resources to teaching

Impact on specific disciplines

Comprehensive review of university finances

Chapter 4: Brexit

EU funding for research

Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe

Funding post-Brexit

Recruitment and retention of researchers

European networks and collaboration

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Seminar held at the House of Lords on 14 May 2019

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

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