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In March 2019 Professor Sir Adrian Smith was commissioned by BEIS to provide independent advice on the design of future UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and research.
In particular, Professor Sir Adrian was asked to advise on how funding future international collaboration, from curiosity-driven ‘discovery’ funding through to innovation, could best be designed to positively impact science, research and innovation in the UK. This would support the government’s strategic objectives, including the Industrial Strategy and its commitment to 2.4% of GDP invested in R&D by 2027.
Professor Graeme Reid from University College London worked with Sir Adrian during the preparation of this advice. The advice team held evidence gathering meetings across the UK and in Brussels.