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PoliSCI (w/e 12 October 2018)


Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence. 
Compiled by Georgina Hines


UN climate change report warns of environmental ‘catastrophe’

The world has 12 years to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C and prevent further long-term damage to the environment, warns a report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report follows the signing of the Paris Agreement by 195 countries, which stipulates its signatories must work to keep the global temperature below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Even half a degree could above 1.5C increase the number of individuals exposed to water stress by 50%, says the report, which could worsen the effects of food scarcity and significantly increase climate-related poverty. It suggests four pathways, all of which include the adoption of carbon capture technology to eradicate carbon pollution by 2050 compared to the current target of 2075.

‘The conclusions of today’s […] report are stark and sober. As policy makers we need to work together to accelerate the low carbon transition to minimise the costs and misery of a rapidly warming world,’ said Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry.


Chair of Industrial Strategy Council announced

BEIS has appointed Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, to Chair to its new Industrial Strategy Council – an independent body which will assess the government’s progress in implementing its Industrial Strategy. It will publish reviews of the impact of the Industrial Strategy and its effect on economic growth, focusing on productivity and the better use of data across government. The group will meet for the first time in November and will be comprised of experts from business, academia, and non-government organisations.

‘The Industrial Strategy Council has an important role to play holding the government to account by monitoring its success delivering the Industrial Strategy and its impact on the economy,’ said Business Secretary Greg Clark. ‘I am delighted that Andy Haldane has taken on this important role which will give the Council authority and independence, as well as the benefit of his thought leadership in this area.’


HS2 Phase 2b public consultations launched

Two public consultations have been announced alongside the launch of Phase 2b of HS2, which includes the development of high-speed rail between the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds, and is expected to bring jobs and business growth in the areas that it serves. The consultations invite feedback on working drafts for HS2’s Environment Statement, which evaluates the potential impacts of HS2’s construction and operation, and its Equality Impact Assessment Report, which considers how the project will affect people with protected characteristics.

Around 2,000 companies have been awarded contracts to support the project, which in its first phase created 7,000 jobs. It is estimated this number will rise to 30,000 when construction peaks during the full development of the network.

Head of Consultation and Engagement at HS2 Ltd, Leonie Dubois, said: ‘Through the public consultations, we are providing a more detailed account of how we propose to build the railway and minimise its impacts during construction and operation. We actively encourage people to have their say on the plans we have published today.’

Calls for evidence

Deadline: 26 October 2018

Deadline: Open-ended

Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions

Funding competitions

Deadline: 31 October 2018

A share of £8m is available to UK businesses for development projects for commercial digital health solutions as part of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst.



Deadline: 31 October 2018

A share of £1m is available to UK businesses for development projects for commercial digital health solutions as part of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst.



Deadline: 14 November 2018

The Department for International Development and EPSRC have announced a share of £10m for organisations developing clean, affordable and secure energy for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.



Deadline: 14 November 2018

Innovate UK is offering up to £10m in loans to SMEs for innovations with strong commercial potential that will improve the UK economy.



Deadline: 14 November 2018

Organisations working to deliver disruptive innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy can apply for a share of up to £20m from Innovate UK.



Deadline: 21 November 2018

DFID are offering £3m of funding to projects at all stages of experimental development working on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.


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