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UKRI ODA budget delayed after science minister catches Covid

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Funder is waiting on business department to confirm ODA allocation for 2022 and beyond

The government’s decision on how much aid spending will be allocated to UK Research and Innovation has been delayed as a result of science minister George Freeman coming down with Covid.

Following deep cuts to research funded by Official Development Assistance in 2021, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, laid out plans in his autumn budget for ODA R&D spending to steadily return to pre-pandemic levels of £1 billion per year by 2024-25.

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