Inquiry into Putting science and engineering at the heart of Government policy: a response by the Royal Academy of Engineering on behalf of the Engineering Community to the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills (IUSS) Committee.
The creation of Departmental Chief Scientific Advisors and Scientific Advisory Councils has been a major advance in strengthening the Government’s approach to formulating science and engineering policy. The continued application of the Haldane Principle means that the Government has few mechanisms available with which to influence how the science base in the UK develops, short of the amount of money made available to it through the current dual funding mechanism. The current system of funding research with some imposition of research themes appears to be fit for purpose, but there is no structured mechanism for feedback. There are very strong arguments for the views of the science and engineering community to be taken into account in the formulation of wider Government policy.
Submission Details Submitted on 13 January 2009 to House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills (IUSS) Committee