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New £60 million Regional Innovation Fund among measures to boost research and development


A £60 million Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) that will boost support for universities in areas with lower levels of research and development investment is among new measures to support the research sector and wider public

A £60 million Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) that will boost support for universities in areas with lower levels of research and development investment is among new measures to support the research sector and wider public, Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan has announced.

The Secretary of State unveiled the scheme alongside the launch of an independent review into sex and gender data gathering and, separately, a commitment of a further £8 million towards artificial intelligence (AI) scholarships that will give 800 more people the opportunity to excel in the sector.

At a glance

  • Over 110 universities to benefit from pilot Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) to grow local economies

  • review announced to ensure high-quality data on sex and gender informs research and policy

  • extra £8 million towards more artificial intelligence scholarships to help UK sector further excel

  • two consultations launched to boost broadband for 100,000 most remote premises

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