11 Feb 2020
From today (11 February 2020) the government’s overarching research body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will trial streamlined application processes for researchers.
Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation today launched a new, simplified process to apply for research funding.
This builds on the Prime Minister’s commitment to cut bureaucracy for scientists and the launch of a major review into research bureaucracy and methods earlier this year.
Science Minister Chris Skidmore said:
"This government is committed to increasing research funding to record levels. But we must revolutionise the way our research system works to make the UK the best place in the world for science and innovation.
Last month, the Prime Minister announced a major review of research bureaucracy and methods. We are now getting on with the job of freeing up our scientists to do what they do best."
Today’s announcement to simplify grant application processes will help strengthen the UK’s research and innovation environment, establishing the UK as a science superpower.
The review will involve removing unnecessary paperwork like arduous funding applications and will examine research selection processes and research approaches and methods.