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8 oktober 2012 | De Britse regering moet overal snijden om het grote tekort omlaag te krijgen. Niettemin investeert David Cameron opnieuw £1 miljard extra in R&D. Een reeks avantgarde projecten uit de Britse topsectoren krijgt meer armslag. Kamp en Bos, leest u even mee?

Minister van Financiën George Osborne kondigde in zijn ToryCongres rede een reeks nieuwe bezuinigingen aan in de bijstand ensociale sector. De rijken krijgen veel minder aftrekmogelijhedenvan de belasting bovendien.

Investeren doet hij opnieuw in R&D. Door een extra bedrag à£200 mln verhogt hij de aanvullende investeringen in kennismet een miljard. “Today we deliver with some of our leadingbusinesses and universities £1 billion of new science investment inthe areas where we lead the world.”

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‘The Government will add £200 million of new money to theResearch Partnership Investment Fund, which supports universitycapital projects. The Fund was launched at Budget 2012, with £100million of funding but has been heavily oversubscribed with anoverwhelming number of high-calibre bids.

To access the money, universities must at least double thepublic funding through contributions from private companies orcharities. So, by tripling the Government support to £300 million,the total investment, including the universities own contributions,is expected to be at least £1 billion.

Verdubbeling van projecten

This additional funding will more than double the number ofprojects that will benefit, accelerating further private andcharity sector investment in the research base and encouraginguniversity and business collaboration which will help to promotejobs and growth.

Subject to final due diligence from the Higher Education FundingCouncil for England, successful projects from the current round ofbidding for the fund include:

· Warwick University, through Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG),working with Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European TechnicalCentre to develop the next generation of vehicles through thecreation of a £92m National Automotive Innovation Campus, aimed atreducing our dependency on fossil fuels and reducing CO2emissions;

· Birmingham University working with Rolls Royce to invest in aworld leading interdisciplinary research centre for castingresearch for components including turbine blades, enabling fastertranslation of fundamental research to production-scale productsand processes. This £60m centre will also generate a pipeline ofhighly trained and developed engineers;

· Surrey University working with leading mobile phone companiesto deliver a world leading 5G centre for mobile communications,providing a real time experimental facility for testing andoptimising advanced technologies that will underpin new mobilebroadband internet products and services;

· Oxford University working with leading healthcare companies,the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK tobuild a new world-leading £138m centre for targeted cancer researchto develop, test and implement personalised treatments, diagnosis,imaging and therapy;

· Liverpool University working with Unilever to develop astate-of-the-art materials chemistry research hub in the Northwest,for use by both the University and by industry, unique in Europe,and greatly reducing new product discovery times to help supportthe UK’s international competitiveness.

HEFCE will announce the full set of projects in the comingweeks, and will issue a further call for new and reworked proposalsshortly.’

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