Report by Centre for Global Development criticizes UK research funding as 'opaque' and 'off topic'
The think tank Centre for Global Development has written a new report calling for greater transparency in UK research funding.
According to the report, the UK spent £737.9 million (US$949 million) of its development assistance in 2017 on research: 8.3% of its bilateral development assistance spending. While 34% of all research funding went towards medical research, the authors of the report found it difficult to assess which sectors received the rest of the funding and criticized the spending as opaque. The research also noted the high level of funding going to UK universities and research institutes and questioned whether there had been an open procurement process.