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ABPI says UK must stay strong in research

Stephen Whitehead, CEO of the ABPI, has said continued government support is needed if the UK is to remain a leader in research following a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Stephen Whitehead, CEO of the ABPI, has said continued government support is needed if the UK is to remain a leader in research.

The call follows a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that shows UK research accounts for 14 per cent of the world's most highly-cited articles, the second largest share after the US.

Whitehead said it was important not to focus on past and present successes in science, however, and that the UK must keep up with a research industry that is growing on an international scale, especially in emerging markets.

He said: "If the UK is to remain at the forefront then we must to continue to encourage investment – the risks involved with research must be rewarded, and we will need to see the continued support of the government if this is to happen."

The International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2011 report, launched by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, also described the current UK research base as the 'most productive in the world' being highly mobile, internationally competitive and diverse.

Announcing the report, Willets said the government was "committed" to maintaining the UK's position in science and research.

He said: "That's exactly why we protected the £4.6bn science and research budget and have invested nearly an additional £300m in science capital projects over the past year."

BIS has the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2011 report available to download.

20th October 2011

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