Nurse review of research councils
In our response to we examine the UK governments Department for Business, Innovation & Skills consultation regarding the nurse review of research councils from a public health perspective. We recommend that UK research funding focus more on spending money in ways that aid the UK population.
Strategic decision making
The two major aims of the UK research funding are to ensure that the UK continues to support world leading science and to invest public money in the best possible way. These two aims may lead to different priorities for research funding and it is important to strike a balance between these two objectives. In the past the priority has been to support world class science and whilst this priority is important and should be maintained there has been less emphasis on the need to invest public money in a way that is most beneficial to the UK and its population. We argue that this imbalance should be addressed in the future allocation of research funding. Specifically translational research to support the translation of research into world class health practice for the UK has been an ongoing neglected area for research funding. This gap in translation was identified in the Cooksey Report A review of UK health research funding published in December 2006. The gaps in translation persist and urgently require addressing through allocation of research funding. The Nurse review of research councils provides an opportunity to redress this balance and to prioritise translational research.