Overseas Aid

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered am ar 1 Ebrill 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Morgan of Huyton Baroness Morgan of Huyton Llafur

To ask Her Majesty's Government which Official Development Assistance research projects, including those under the Global Challenges Research Fund are (1) being cut, or (2) having funding reduced; and whether any funding is being cut from projects relating to (a) girls' education, (b) food security and nutrition, (c) HIV, or (d) ventilators.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Huyton Baroness Morgan of Huyton Llafur

To ask Her Majesty's Government why Official Development Assistance (ODA) research funding is being cut at this time in the financial year; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of such cuts to ODA with their stated aim of the UK becoming a "scientific superpower".

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes.

The Government recognises the importance of supporting international research partnerships, and supporting the UK research sector. Our commitment to research and innovation has been clearly demonstrated by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement of increasing investment in R&D across government to £14.6bn in 2021/22, and as has been set out in our Integrated Review ambitions, international collaboration is central to a healthy and productive R&D sector.

We are currently working with UKRI, and all our Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund Delivery Partners, to manage the financial year 2021/22 ODA allocations. UKRI have written this week to many GCRF award holders setting out the next stage of the review of ODA funding next year, and to explore options for individual programmes (full details have been published on the UKRI website). Until that work is complete, it will not be possible to give an accurate picture of the likely impact for individual GCRF programmes.

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