Consultation on proposals for long-term capital investment in science and research

Closed 4 Jul 2014

Opened 25 Apr 2014

Feedback updated 17 Dec 2014

We asked

What are the priorities for long-term science and research capital investment?

You said

You supported investment at individual research project and institution level to support our world-class labs. The majority of you favoured maintaining or increasing capital funding for world-class labs at 2015-16 levels. There was particular support for projects relating to Big Data and for those which addressed the Grand Science challenges. You also wanted continued participation in international projects, including the European Space Agency and the XFEL laser facility in Germany. There was

We did

We used this information to develop the government’s plan for a world-class science and research infrastructure, which we set out in the capital roadmap and the science and innovation strategy.

Results updated 17 Dec 2014

This consultation has helped to develop the government’s plan for a world-class science and research infrastructure as set out in the science and innovation strategy.



Our ambition is to make the UK the best place in the world to do science and research.  This is why the government is making a long-term commitment to invest in science and research infrastructure: increasing capital investment in real terms to £1.1 billion in 2015-16 and growing it in line with inflation each year to 2020-21. We want your views on what this money should be invested in, from refurbing a university laboratory, to investing in a new major international project.

Why your views matter

This consultation seeks views on how the UK makes the most of this opportunity. The government will publish a Science Capital Roadmap, setting out our long-term strategic vision for a world-leading science and research infrastructure in the autumn.  We are seeking evidence in order to inform the development of this roadmap.

What happens next

The consultation responses will inform the Science Capital Roadmap which is being produced as part of the Science and Innovation strategy for Autumn Statement  2014.


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