19 September 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, a new scheme to kickstart the research careers from groups underrepresented in UK STEM academia, the House of Lords held a debate on the UK's return to Horizon Europe, and more.


The US' National Science Foundation is partnering with funding agencies in Australia, Canada, and the UK to provide $76.4 million in funding to the first Global Centres Competition. The interdisciplinary collaborative research centres will focus on climate change and clean energy. UK funding is provided through UKRI.

The UK government has released its 2023 review of the Catapult Network. The review details the achievements and activities of the Catapults. Innovate UK and the Department for Science Innovation and Technology, against each of the 2021 review recommendations. It also showcases how Catapults support UK innovation.

The UK's House of Lords held a debate on the UK's return to Horizon Europe. There was a call for reform of the global talent visa system for STEM subjects. It was noted that while 1 million people in the UK were currently working in R&D roles, it was felt that by 2027 that number would have to increase by 380 000.


Total Energies, Petrobras and Casa dos Ventos, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate opportunities in renewable hydrogen.

The International Energy Agency has said that it is to host the first ever international summit on critical minerals and their role in the clean energy transition. The summit will take place on 28 September 2023, and focus on measure to promote the secure, sustainable, and responsible supply of raw materials.

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The Royal Society has launched a scheme to kickstart the research careers of researchers from groups underrepresented in UK STEM academia. The career development fellowship will initially run as a pilot for researchers from Black heritage backgrounds. If successful, the pilot may be expanded to researchers from other underrepresented groups.

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