Consultation outcome

Science and research: proposals for long-term capital investment

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This consultation has helped to develop the government’s plan for a world-class science and research infrastructure as set out in the capital roadmap (annex 2) and the science and innovation strategy. This includes:

  • investments until 2021 in larger-scale strategic projects which address scientific grand challenges and underpinning funding to support world class labs
  • an unallocated fund to provide agility and enable us to respond to priorities as they emerge
  • a proposal to support a sector-led, national approach to equipment sharing
  • clarification of independent research organisations (IROs) and research and technology organisations (RTOs) eligibility for capital funding

Detail of feedback received

We received 480 responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • universities
  • research councils
  • Higher Education Funding Councils
  • large and small businesses
  • members of the public

Original consultation


We’re asking for views to help identify priorities for long-term science and research capital investment.

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Consultation description

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. We are increasing capital investment in real terms to £1.1 billion in 2015 to 2016, growing in line with inflation each year to 2020 to 2021.

This consultation seeks views on how the UK makes the most of this opportunity.

The government will publish a ‘Science capital roadmap’. It will set out our long-term plan for a world-leading science and research infrastructure in the autumn. We’re seeking evidence to help inform the development of this plan.


Published 25 April 2014
Last updated 17 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Government response published.
  2. Figure on page 55, under the 'Understanding our Planet projects' heading, has been corrected from 375 to 150.
  3. First published.