We are a group of concerned scientists, engineers and supporters of science who are campaigning to prevent destructive levels of cuts to science funding in the UK.

We want the Government to increase its spending on R&D to at least 0.8% of GDP – the G8 average – to boost economic growth.

03 February 2015: 2015 Annual General Meeting
In the more than 4 years since our milestone rally in front of the Treasury, what has Science is Vital achieved? While helping to secure a freeze of the public spend on science in the face of cuts elsewhere was no mean feat, we find it disappointing that none of the major party leaders in the UK have publicly committed… read on

26 Nov 2014: Open letter to Greg Clark, MP
Dear Mr Clark, We are writing to you on behalf of Science is Vital, the grassroots organisation concerned about scientific research in the UK. Science is Vital has a base of about 35,000 scientists and supporters of science, … read on

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Why science?

Investing in research enriches society and helps drive the economy. It led to our preeminent position in the 20th century, and will be vital in meeting the challenges of the 21st – whether they be in energy, medicine, infrastructure, computing, or simply humanity's primal desire for discovery.

The UK has a proud history of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We are world leaders in many fields of research, producing over 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population, and despite spending less on science per capita than most of our competitors.

Our world-class research universities and institutes which attract excellence and investment from around the world have made us a global hub for science. Nations such as the United States, China, Germany, and France have all recognized the importance of investing in science especially in austere times – it could be catastrophic for the UK to do the exact opposite.