As Britain braces for spending cuts, The Guardian reports that scientific research may be partially spared. Instead of being cut, the research budget will be frozen at £4.6 billion, though The Guardian notes that will translate to "to a cut in real terms" as the budget won't increase with inflation. However, £1.4 billion for facilities may be reduced by about half, The Guardian says. "This is still a significant cut when other countries have recognized that if you want to go for growth, you have to invest in science," says Imran Khan, director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering. "Flat cash means a 10 percent cut over the four-year period and the people who will feel that cut soonest are the young scientists, who we will struggle to retain in this country."
Oct 20, 2010