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UK Prepping to Reshape Strategy for Capital Investments in Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK government is reaching out to the research and science business communities to seek input on its capital investment priorities as it aims to advance the country's research and innovation goals.

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) said late last week that it is developing a Capital Investment Roadmap that will replace the current RCUK Large Facilities Roadmap, which was an overview of large-scale projects — those over £25 million ($40.3 million) — that would be priorities for its Government Large Facilities Capital Fund.

RCUK said it wants to hear from publicly funded universities and institutions, charities, public sector groups, academic associations, and other interested groups as it develops the new Roadmap, which will change how capital and investment opportunities are considered and how they are proposed to the government.

These respondents should submit their current priorities and needs for significant capital investments in research, as well as priorities for the longer term.

The new plan will aim to "ensure that priorities for capital funding are well considered and clearly identified in advance," and that the government is prepared to act upon new opportunities as they arise.

RCUK will use the responses it receives along with recommendations from strategic advisory panels from the research community to determine the breadth of capital investments that will be included in the Roadmap, which is to be completed this fall.

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