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‘I want UKRI to be Nasa of UK science,’ says Freeman

Minister says agency should unlock R&D ecosystem and allow research councils to develop sectoral excellence

The UK’s research and innovation ecosystem should be a “Formula One engine”, according to science minister George Freeman, who added that the UK Research and Innovation funding body should act like the US space agency Nasa by helping to unlock the value of the whole UK R&D ecosystem.

“UKRI’s creation is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” Freeman said of the national funding agency that was created in 2018 and is currently undergoing reviews and improvements to cut bureaucracy.

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