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PoliSCI (w/e 2 November 2018)

PoliSCI

Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence. 2 November 2018 
Compiled by Georgina Hines

Philip Hammond 

Budget 2018: What you need to know

Chancellor Philip Hammond has committed £1.6bn of new investment to support the government’s Industrial Strategy, which includes funding for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which aims to strengthen UK science and innovation by taking world-class research from the lab through commercialisation for the benefit of society.

To increase productivity, the Chancellor outlined a number of measures that will helps businesses. The National Productivity Investment Fund – focused on R&D, housing, and economic infrastructure – will be expanded to £38bn by 2023-24. Other schemes to increase productivity include: Annual Investment Allowance will be increased from £200,000 to £1m for two years to help businesses invest in machinery, targeted relief to help buy IP-rich businesses, and the expansion of Start-Up Loans to support 10,000 more entrepreneurs by 2021.

The full article can be found here.

Global network 

Universities reject ‘Europe first’ strategy for Horizon Europe

Four university lobby groups and the rector of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, have signed an open letter opposing a proposed ‘Europe first’ strategy for Horizon Europe, stating the likely increased difficulty for the participation of scientists in third countries in the programme. Signatories include the Secretary General of the League of European Research Universities and the Chair of the Coimbra Group, which includes UK universities Durham, Bristol, and Edinburgh.      

The signatories penned the letter in reaction to statements made by Dan Nica MEP, a rapporteur for the Horizon Europe research proposal, which have been opposed by UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah. In a July report, Nica wrote that the EU should ‘give priority to excellent projects that plan to first commercialise their research and innovation results across the Union’.

PoliSCI AI Talent

Government commits £50m to develop AI talent

Up to £50m will be invested in Turing AI Fellowships – beginning in Autumn 2019 – through the Alan Turing Institute in London to help the UK attract the best international research talent for the industry. The investment is part of the £1bn AI Sector Deal released earlier this year that aims to place the UK as a world-leader in the AI revolution.

‘In order to realise the significant opportunities for innovation and growth offered by the data and artificial intelligence revolution, it is essential that we nurture and grow the very best academic talent and expertise,’ said Director of The Alan Turing Institute, Adrian Smith. ‘We are delighted to be working with the Government Office for AI to deliver the Turing AI Fellowships, bringing the best global researchers to collaborate with us in the UK and driving forward impact in these technologies for the benefit of science, society and the economy.’

Calls for evidence

Deadline: 27 November 2018


Deadline: 3 December 2018


Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions


Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions

 

Funding competitions

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.


Deadline: 6 December 2018

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK are offering a share of £2m to UK businesses developing technologies that will accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 6 December 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of £16m from The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK for R&D projects looking to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 6 December 2018

One high-value project will receive up to £4m from The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK to develop technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 12 December 2018

Up to £2m from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is available for feasibility studies focused on de-risking the scale-up of battery development technology. Projects must emphasise building UK supply chains.


Deadline: 12 December 2018

A share of £23m from the ISCF is available to UK businesses for R&D projects focused on de-risking the scale-up of battery development technology. Projects must emphasise building UK supply chains.

 

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