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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

We are working with the Welsh Government to help implement the Sêr Cymru programme, which will provide £50 million of additional investment for research in Wales over five years (2013 to 2018). The Welsh Government is contributing £35 million and we are contributing £15 million.

Sêr Cymru 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 in Wales. The investment focuses on three Grand Challenge areas – areas of scientific excellence which also have particular relevance to business and society. These areas are: life sciences and health; low carbon, energy and environment; and advanced engineering and materials.

The programme funds:
  • Four Sêr Cymru Research Chairs
  • A National Research Network (NRN) in each of the three Grand Challenge areas.

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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