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.

13 February 2014: STC report on women and STEM careers
Science is Vital welcomes the recent report from the Science and Technology Committee that highlighted the continuing problem of maintaining women in academic STEM careers and which urged universities to… read on

10 February 2014: Science is Vital responds to BIS decision to protect the ring fence
Science is Vital was extremely concerned that the science budget ring-fence put in place in 2010 was recently brought into question due to budgetary issues elsewhere in BIS. We are therefore relieved to see… 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.