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Research initiatives

We support a number of research collaborations within Wales, and also partner the other higher education funding bodies and other organisations in several UK-wide initiatives to benefit research.

Sêr Cymru

The Sêr Cymru programme aims to build upon and enhance research in Wales in line with the objectives of Science for Wales, the Welsh Government’s strategic agenda for science and innovation. Investment focuses on three Grand Challenge areas: life sciences and health; low carbon, energy and environment; and advanced manufacturing and engineering. We work with the Welsh Government to help fund and implement the programme.

The first phase (Sêr Cymru 1) committed up to £50 million to support four Sêr Cymru Research Chairs and a National Research Network in each of the three Grand Challenge areas.

The second phase (Sêr Cymru 2) focuses on attracting researchers to Wales at the early or mid stages of their careers. It is funded from European sources, with match funding provided by the universities, Welsh Government and HEFCW. Sêr Cymru 2 will provide investment of up to £60 million over the period up to 2021.

HEFCW is contributing a total of £15 million to the Sêr Cymru programme.

Welsh Government Sêr Cymru programme

UK-wide initiatives

We have signed the following agreements, and are working with other bodies across the UK to ensure they are implemented:

Supporting Research Integrity

Concordat to Support Research Integrity A clear statement about the responsibilities of researchers, employers and funders of research in maintaining high standards of integrity in the conduct of research. A progress report was published in 2016.

Engaging the Public with Research

Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research A set of principles drawn up by organisations that fund research in the UK to encourage public engagement to boost the social and economic impact of research.

Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers A statement of the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders in relation to career development, which aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

Promoting Open Research Data

The Concordat on Open Research Data A set of expectations on best practice to help ensure that research data is made openly available for use by others wherever possible.

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