Government must guarantee future of charity research fund to continue vital research

17 December 2014        

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The Government has announced a new strategy to invest billions of pounds into science capital projects.

The Science and Innovation Strategy, published by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, highlights future investment in large capital projects to support scientific Grand Challenges. The Government also currently helps maintain existing science facilities and equipment through the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF).

The BHF wants the government to guarantee the future of the CRSF, to ensure this work can continue.

Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We are pleased to see the government investing more money in science capital projects and innovation with this new strategy.

“But equally important, the next Government must guarantee the future of the Charity Research Support Fund, in next year’s comprehensive spending review.

“Charities are a vital part of the UK medical research environment, contributing around £1.3 billion a year, and the charity research support fund will help sustain the day-to-day running of science facilities.

“This ensures we can continue to fund lifesaving research in partnership with both the Government and universities.

“This is essential if the UK is to maintain its strong position in biomedical research, which strengthens the economy and, most importantly, saves lives.”

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