Science is Vital is a campaign group that was set up back in 2010, the last time UK science was threatened with big budget cuts.
What’s the problem?
It’s happening again, now – the Research Councils have been asked to predict what could happen if 20-40% cuts are imposed.
That is huge. Last time campaigning achieved a freeze, the ringfence or flat cash – no cuts, but after inflation takes its toll, science funding has still decreased over time, to the point we’re now last in the G8.
Head over to scienceogram to interact with these numbers more fully and see how little we spend on things like preventing cancer, heart disease and stroke – currently the 3 biggest disease killers.