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.

Hello science marchers!

Here’s what you need to do:

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EU Funding is Vital for Science

Science is Vital needs your help: please join our campaign to tell the government that Science is Vital, regardless of our relationship with the EU!

The biggest threat facing UK research at the moment comes from the continuing uncertainty around our future relationship with the EU.

Whether you voted to leave or remain, we hope you’ll agree with us: European collaboration and funding are vital to UK science, and we are calling on the government to maintain access to EU research programmes, whatever happens next with Brexit.

If you want to know more about why this is a such a huge issue, check out our summary of what Brexit could mean for research.

Update (08/02/17): Lobby report

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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.