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Mixed messages over depth of cuts to aid-funded research

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Government fails to clarify figures as sector worries about “de-prioritisation of R&D within ODA spend”

The government has failed to clarify mixed messages on how much of its reduced international aid budget is being spent on research, with questions swirling around the UK’s long-term international science budget.

Appearing at the International Development Committee on 22 April, the foreign secretary Dominic Raab said that 4 per cent of all Official Development Assistance would be spent on “science and technology” as part of the government’s commitment to spend 2.4 per cent of gross domestic product on R&D by 2027.

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