The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Learned Society of Wales (LSW), and Royal Irish Academy (RIA) have written jointly to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP.
In the letter, the Celtic Academies welcome the commitment from the UK Government, in the recently published R & D Roadmap, to work with the RSE, LSW and RIA in developing the UK’s future research strategy.
The letter – of which copies were also sent to the Under-Secretary of State for Science, Research and Innovation, and the relevant ministers of each devolved administration – highlights the many strengths of the Celtic Academies, including their support of early career researchers and professionals.
It goes on to outline some of the key issues the Academies have identified in taking forward the R & D Roadmap, including:
- Maintaining and enhancing research excellence and the UK’s competitive strengths in this area and levelling up R&D support and capability across the UK.
- Supporting a healthy research ecosystem encompassing the full spectrum of research from fundamental to applied and challenge-led approaches.
- Providing the conditions that stimulate increased business investment in R&D in order to address longstanding productivity gaps and regional imbalances in R&D intensity.
- Setting out long-term, clear and sustainable objectives and approaches that provide confidence and certainty to researchers, research institutions, business and public, private and charitable funders.
The Celtic Academies stress their keenness to engage further with the BEIS as the R & D Strategy is developed to ensure the needs of the devolved nations are addressed.
The full letter can be read here.