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Public Attitudes to R&D and Locality

27 Apr 2023

This briefing covers key findings on public attitudes towards the locality of R&D’s benefits and whether they should be felt at a local or global level from CaSE’s Discovery Decade 2022-23 study, which comprised four nationally-representative surveys polling a total of 18,000 people, and 14 focus groups. It includes statistics and the opinions of focus group participants, and identifies three key points:

  • People are divided on where the benefits of R&D should be felt first
  • International competition didn’t cut through as a rationale for investment
  • Most people would like to see a stronger focus on national and regional R&D and want to know more about local research