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R&D roadmap should point towards small companies

Government’s view of research overlooks the sectors and businesses with greatest potential, says Marcus Gibson

The UK R&D Roadmap released by the government on 1 July is not so much a guide as a plea for initiatives and projects from anyone, anywhere in academia or business.

It shows once again that the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills and the two-year-old UK Research and Innovation seem unable to produce hard-hitting, actionable schemes to apply science and research more effectively.

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