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.


30 June 2016: Science is Vital AGM Announcement

Uncertainty ahead: please help us to secure the future of UK research

The future of science in the UK has never looked so uncertain. A pro-Brexit result in the referendum, a government and parliament in flux, and the restructuring of the research councils all pose threats. We must act now to secure our world-leading research base and maintain our reputation as the place to do science.

Science is Vital was formed in 2010 to fight cuts to science funding. Since then we’ve helped to protect science funding on several occasions, and thanks to your support we’re respected and well-known among the scientific community and policy makers. But now we need your help more than ever.

There are two things you can do right now:

  1. Keep in touch: We want to clean up our mailing list and encourage new people to join. We ask supporters to please confirm that you want to keep campaigning for a healthy science budget – to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.
  2. Get involved: A small number of volunteers run Science is Vital. We need help: to analyse data, to write campaign material, to run our website, to design posters. If you are willing to help, please get in touch

And one thing you can do in September:

Come to our AGM on Tuesday 13th September in London. Register here for a ticket (Fee: £3.14) – or join in online. We’d love to see you. There will be Executive vacancies to fill, and we are excited about bringing new blood and fresh ideas on board.

Whatever the outcome of this turbulent period, we need act now to reassure our partners in Europe and the rest of the world that this is still a great place to do science. We need to make sure the Government makes up any lost funding, and commits to ensuring that the best scientific minds are welcome to work here.

Together, we can make a difference.

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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.