UK Launches New Agency for Advanced Research to Fund Transformational Science
London – The British government announced on Friday the launch of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA), a new independent research body for funding transformational science and technologies.
“The new agency, the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA), will be tasked with funding high-risk research that offers the chance of high rewards, supporting ground-breaking discoveries that could transform people’s lives for the better,” the department for business, energy and industrial strategy stated.
With the budget of £800 million ($1.1 billion), ARIA will give freedom and funds to promising inventors to transform their ideas into technologies, products, and services, the statement said. Reportedly, the new agency will be led by prominent global researchers, who will use their expertise to identify and support cutting-edge projects at speed, unencumbered by bureaucracy and inflexible funding models.
“By stripping back unnecessary red tape and putting power in the hands of our innovators, the agency will be given the freedom to drive forward the technologies of tomorrow, as we continue to build back better through innovation,” Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was quoted as saying.
The new agency is expected to be fully functional by 2022. The required legislation to create ARIA will be introduced to the Parliament in the nearest future.