The Cabinet Office has today published new standards for those in receipt of government grants. The standards offer guidance for those organisations administering such grants, such as the National Academies, to ensure the funds are spent as intended while protecting the academic autonomy of researchers in receipt of grants. They explicitly recognise and approve communications activities carried out by academics and institutions in receipt of taxpayer-funded grants - such as publicising results, hosting events and contributing expert advice to government policy.

In response to the new standards, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

"I am pleased to see the revisions to the minimum grant standards take the concerns of the research community into account and avoid mention of the previously proposed anti-lobbying clause, which had the potential to impact on government's ability to receive informed, evidence-based and unbiased advice.

"The Royal Academy of Engineering, in common with the UK's other national academies, uses its research and policy funding received from government for the public good, providing evidence-based advice to inform research, innovation and industrial policy, the development of emerging technologies, and the application of engineering methods and processes in a way that will have positive societal and environmental impacts and stimulate economic growth.”

Full details of the new minimum grant standards can be found at the Cabinet Office website.

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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