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

Our central campaign issue: asking the Government to increase its spending on R&D to at least 0.8% of GDP – the G8 average – to boost economic growth.

Welcome, supporters of science!

Thank you for standing up for science funding and careers in the UK – don’t stop!

Although Science is Vital is no longer an active organisation, you can find more information about campaigning for these issues and get involved here:

Why do we need to fight for science? Watch the Scienceogram talk:


Need to find out more about SiV?

See About, and our social channels (inactive):  

–     @ScienceIsVital on Twitter 
–     Science is Vital on Facebook



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.