NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK government plans to add £600 million ($963.1 million) in additional funding over the next three years to the budget of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), the agency which funds the national science councils, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said this week.

RCUK said the funding will be used to support new research infrastructure and R&D aimed at strengthening the UK's competitiveness in four key areas: synthetic biology, big data and energy efficient computing, energy storage, and advanced materials.

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