The VFR Hub is invested in international research on all aspects of veterans and their families. We read with interest the UK’s mission to deepen their investment in Research & Development. There is furthermore a useful visual diagram available online showing how much each country spends on Research & Development, to put this discussion into context. 

The UK Minister of State for Universities and Science has announced the commissioning of Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Director and Chief Executive of the Alan Turing Institute, to provide independent advice on the design of UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and curiosity-driven blue-skies research.

The UK has a globally connected research base. Collaboration with European and wider international partners is key to strength in science and research: more than half of the UK’s research output involves such collaboration. The UK is in the top four of global innovation nations and we draw in more internationally mobile Research and Development (R&D) than other large countries, with a total of 16 per cent of UK R&D investment financed from abroad.

The UK Government is bringing forward the largest investment in R&D on record. As outlined in the modern Industrial Strategy, the UK is committed to reaching 2.4% of GDP invested in R&D by 2027, and 3 per cent in the longer term. International partnerships and collaboration will play an important part in helping to achieve these ambitions.

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