As the leading independent advocate for UK science and engineering, CaSE is having a busy 2022. Here we set out our latest and upcoming work across our key policy areas:

Ensuring UK R&D makes the most of new investment

Having helped secure increases in public R&D budgets towards the target of investing 2.4% of GDP in R&D by 2027, CaSE is now looking at how this investment is co-ordinated across government to ensure its well-spent. We're building links with the new Office for Science and Technology Strategy, as well as analysing departmental R&D spending to make sure this plays its full part in the UK's research output. 

Enhancing the health of the entire R&D system is vitally important and we'll be feeding our insights into Sir Paul Nurse's review of the R&D sector. We've just submitted our response to the Grant review of UKRI and will be taking forward the findings from our upcoming report on public sector research establishments (PSREs) in our meetings with government, as well as engaging with the Chief Scientific Advisor network across Whitehall.

Seeking to partner with EU research programmes

Following our sector-wide call for the UK to fully associate with Horizon Europe, we're continuing to push government to make sure UK researchers have the long-term funding and support to carry out their important work.

Embarking on a new phase of the Discovery Decade 

Following the appointment of a Project Director and Project Chair, we're taking forward the next steps of our Discovery Decade project, working with the wider sector to grow public support for R&D. Our immediate priorities are to recruit a staff member to complete the project team, to commission an external agency to deliver an extensive audience research project, and to conevene the Advisory Board, which draws on a wide range of experts from within and outside the sector.

Growing a skilled economy

We're taking forward the recommendations from last year's Inspiring Innovation report in our meetings with government and embarking on a new project of work around industry-engagement with STEM teaching in schools. Meanwhile on immigration policy, we're looking to see how new visa routes are being utilised and to identify any cross-cutting issues that still need to be addressed.

Driving R&D growth across the UK

We're continuing to work with regional bodies, councils and agencies to put local R&D growth at the heart of the government's 'levelling-up' agenda. We'll be responding to the government's white paper when its published as well discussing opportunities around the Shared Prosperity Fund. We'll also be holding a range of meetings and events across the devolved nations to ensure that the whole of the UK maximises its scientific potential.

New organisational members

Growing CaSE's organisational membership is vital to enhancing our resources, expertise and authority, and we're delighted to be announcing new members.

CaSE's strategic direction

Later in 2022 we'll be publishing a new strategy to give CaSE a clear mission and vision for the decade.