Coronavirus: Research:Written question - 54105

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Coronavirus: Research
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the science budget he plans to allocate to covid-19 related research.
Answered by: Amanda Solloway
Answered on: 08 June 2020

Our investment in science and research will be critical to our economic recovery and it is already helping us to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of the 4th June, UKRI-funded research projects and other awards related to COVID-19 total over £170m (of which £12m comes from NIHR). This does not include internal re-allocation for example through UKRI-owned institutes and centres. The actual number will be much higher than this. UKRI is also working with partners across the broader research system, for example in supporting the government’s ventilator challenge.

Since the start of the crisis UKRI has allocated over £1bn in research and innovation funding to tackle the effects of COVID-19 (this includes funding to assist research-intensive SMEs affected by the crisis).

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