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CRUK: UK needs to maintain cancer research leadership

The UK government needs to set out a clear, strategic vision for medical research and innovation to remain internationally competitive, says Cancer Research UK. In a report, Building the Ideal Environment for Medical Research, published on 14 September, CRUK highlights the need for a strategic vision to support medical research. It says policy has “significant influence on the strength of research”—particularly in a challenging public-funding climate. The strategy should recognise and support the value of the diversity of funding available for medical research—public, private and charitable. Beyond research-council funding, says the report, support via the National Institute of Health Research and charitable support via Quality-Related funding to universities and the NHS should be sustained. The report also highlights the importance of multi-disciplinary projects, saying that the upcoming Research Excellence Framework panels should include “appropriate expertise to faithfully assess the quality of collaborative research”. It adds that effects on the study of science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects need to be monitored to safeguard the “supply of future scientists”.

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