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Former UKRI chief complains of government ‘micromanagement’

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Mark Walport of UKRI wants more freedom from ministers for research councils and agencies

The former chief executive of UK Research and Innovation has complained about the government’s “micromanagement” of the funder and called for it to be given more independence.

Mark Walport was speaking during a House of Commons Science and Technology select committee hearing on the government’s planned funding agency modelled on the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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