Select Committee on Science and Technology

No. 22 of Session 2006-07 6 March 2007



The Science and Technology Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into the international policies and activities of the Research Councils.

The inquiry will focus upon the effectiveness of the Research Councils’ and OSI’s international policies, particularly in respect of:

• the strengths and weaknesses of existing Research Council and OSI mechanisms and activities to maintain and promote international collaboration;

• international collaboration through the EU Framework Programme, including resources enhancing partnership between the Research Councils and European agencies in the new Framework 7 initiative and the provision of resources to stimulate UK participation in international programmes;

• the effectiveness of collaboration between the Research Councils and the Government Departments involved in international scientific activities, including the OSI, Defra, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Science and Innovation Network and the Department for International Development; and

• the impact of the Research Councils’ policies on the international mobility of scientists and engineers.

In considering Research Council effectiveness in collaboration via European Union-led research programmes, the Committee is interested in receiving evidence demonstrating benefits and drawbacks of Research Council participation in previous and current Framework Programmes.  The Committee is also interested in receiving evidence on the role and success of Research Council support for facilitation of UK participation in previous and current international programmes.

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points by Monday 16 April 2007.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format (version no later than word 2002), and should be sent by e-mail to . The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

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Notes to editors:

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Science and Technology Committee is empowered to examine the “expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Innovation and its associated public bodies”. The Committee was appointed on 19 July 2005.

Membership of the Committee

Mr Phil Willis (Lib Dem, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)
Mr Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Linda Gilroy (Lab/Co-op, Plymouth Sutton)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Chris Mole (Lab, Ipswich)
Mr Brooks Newmark (Con, Braintree)
Graham Stringer (Lab, Manchester, Blackley)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)