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Government advisers were ‘left in dark’ over ODA research cuts


Claims come as top adviser questions whether government considered consequences of cutting UK aid-funded research

Members of a government advisory group on aid-funded research have said they were not informed about the severity of budget cuts at the UK’s national research funder at an official meeting held before details were revealed in the media.

On 9 March Research Professional News revealed the government had given UK Research and Innovation £120 million less than needed to cover its existing funding commitments in 2021-22, leading to reprofiling or cancellations of hundreds of research projects.

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