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UKRI chiefs doubt UK Arpa would flourish within funder

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New agency must work ‘freely and fluidly’, say UK Research and Innovation leaders

The government’s planned UK Advanced Research Projects Agency could only operate “effectively” within UK Research and Innovation if the national funder were given more autonomy, its chief executive has said.

Speaking at a House of Commons science and technology select committee hearing on UK Arpa—the promised “high risk, high reward” funding agency expected to launch in 2021 with a five-year budget of £800 million—Ottoline Leyser suggested the agency would be subject to too much government scrutiny if it were based in UKRI. 

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