The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched a new inquiry into the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, as well as the support that the sector itself requires to recover from the pandemic. The inquiry will examine the following questions:
- What role can technology, research and innovation play in supporting the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and how can it best be supported in this?
- Does the current or post-COVID situation lead to any particular opportunities or challenges for economic growth driven by technology, research and innovation?
- What lessons can be learnt from the role of technology, research and innovation in recoveries from previous economic downturns, and how relevant are these to the current situation?
- How have research and innovation in UK universities, businesses and other settings been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how might they be affected by any lasting changes post-COVID?
- How effective have measures adopted by the Government to support research and innovation, such as the support packages for innovative firms and university researchers, and the ‘Ministerial University Research and Knowledge Exchange Sustainability Taskforce’, been?
- In the context of the Government’s ‘Research and Development Roadmap’, what shorter-term measures can best support UK research and innovation in recovering from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to the post-COVID environment?
The Committee would welcome written submissions addressing these questions to help inform its inquiry. The deadline for submissions is Friday 11 September 2020.
Read more about the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry
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