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The Science and Technology Framework

08 Mar 2023

Daniel Rathbone

Deputy Executive Director

The Government has published a Science and Technology Framework, which it calls “our plan to cement the UK as a global science & technology superpower by 2030”. The Framework is an important piece of work, informed by the R&D community, that sets out how Government can achieve a step change in UK prosperity and wellbeing through science and technology. It contains a number of things CaSE have been calling for and recommended over the last several years, including in our five-point roadmap to becoming a ‘science superpower’. One of the best actions the Government can now take is to stick to the Framework giving the research community and the private sector the stability – and predictability – it needs to invest in research and innovation. We’ve had too many short term funding announcements over the past few years.

The Framework came with funding announcements of £370m, which DSIT said was new money. However, it is not close to replacing the £1.6bn lost to the R&D budget a few weeks ago and there is nothing on that returning – even when the Secretary of State was pressed during her statement in the Commons.

The Framework contains 10 actions that the Government will focus on. It then sets out a vision and ongoing work for each action. Below we’ve taken a look at each action and offer some analysis and thoughts:

CaSE's analysis of the 10 actions