Maintaining access to a full range of world-class research facilities, either in the UK or abroad, is vital if the UK is to remain a leading centre of research excellence
The nature of facilities is evolving, so as well as the traditional large physical installations, they also increasingly include networked resources and skill / capacity building initiatives. These resources use advances in information and communications technology and the big data revolution to underpin new collaborative methods of research.
In the UK, funding for large facilities and infrastructure is available from the Research Councils, government departments, the private sector and sources.
Investing for Growth
Unlocking research opportunities requires both highly technical and often expensive infrastructure. Continued investment is therefore essential to enable the UK to maintain its world-leading position in research and to continue to make vital contributions to economic growth and social wellbeing.
RCUK’s Investing for Growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century is a strategic framework against which Research Councils will plan future investments in the UK’s capital infrastructure for research. It was launched in November 2012 as part of a speech made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
It replaces the Large Facilities Roadmap and reflects changes to capital funding in the 2010 spending review science settlement.