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Leyser and Kingman doubt UK Arpa would flourish in UKRI

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UK Research and Innovation chiefs say new agency must work ‘freely and fluidly’

The government’s planned UK Advanced Research Projects Agency could only operate “effectively” within UK Research and Innovation if it was given much more autonomy than the umbrella funder now has, UKRI’s chief executive has said.

Ottoline Leyser was speaking at a House of Commons science and technology select committee hearing on the promised £800-million-over-five-years “high risk, high reward” funding agency. The agency is inspired by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and is expected to launch next year.

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