100 UK scientists receive more than £100 million for blue skies research

Fourth funding round of government’s future leaders programme aims to turn scientific ideas into products and services

The UK government has backed 100 scientists with a total of £109 million for basic research into global issues such as food supply, cancer diagnosis and dementia treatment.

This so-called future leaders programme is part of the government’s commitment to increase public research spending to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. Over three years and six funding rounds, the programme will offer a total of £900 million, shared among up to 550 fellows. Scientists from academia and industry can apply for grants from £400,000 to £1.5 million running for four to seven years. The emphasis is on blue skies research that might one day be turned into tangible products or services.


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