A four page briefing on investment in R&D following the 2010 election including evidence on the returns on investment, the effect of cuts and the need to invest.

The briefing also includes quotes from key figures including the politicians, research leaders, and economists:

“We've been losing manufacturing industry faster than the 1980s. It's been a complete tragedy. We've got to rebuild... Let's start with investing in our science base.”

David Cameron, April 2010, BBC Pre-election Debate

“If support for research councils was cut by £1 billion from its current £3 billion, GDP would fall by around £10 billion.”

Jonathan Haskel, Imperial College Business School, The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research. Science and Technology Committee, March 2010