The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Committee would welcome your views on:
Welsh Government says that there needs to be a “major
increase” in research intended to help solve specific
challenges facing Wales (challenge-led research). It also says this
type of research needs to be balanced with the more traditional
type of long-term research undertaken by universities which pushes
the boundaries of knowledge
To what extent do you agree with this view and how can Welsh
Government ensure that an increase in one type of research activity
doesn’t mean the other type loses out?
Welsh Government has said it wants to bring all research funding
together and that this funding should then be available to small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large private businesses, and
other organisations as well as universities and
To what extent should businesses and other organisations be able to
receive Government research funding that might have otherwise gone
to universities and colleges? How could this be done without
under-funding some organisations – might there be unintended
In a recent review into research funding, it was argued that there
was a strong risk of university research and innovation interests
overshadowing the research and innovation interests of private
businesses. But it didn’t then go on to suggest a way of
stopping this happening.
What needs to be done to ensure businesses and their interests are
not over-shadowed by universities when it comes to research and
innovation funding and activity?
In the academic year 2016/17 there were 241 graduate start-ups
reported by Welsh universities with an estimated turnover of
£56 million, this was almost double the turnover of
university staff start-ups in the same year.
What is currently in place from universities and Welsh Government
to help and support student and graduate entrepreneurs turn their
ideas into successful ventures?
Is this support systematic and consistent across Wales and is there
more Welsh Government and others could do?
The recent review of research made recommendations to help
incentivise businesses and universities to work closely together on
research and innovation to take their collaborations to
What are businesses and universities able to offer each other when
they work in collaboration on research and innovation
Should Welsh Government and others be doing anything differently to
bring smaller businesses together with universities to collaborate
on research and innovation projects? What is working well and what
What should Welsh Government and others be doing to help businesses
use the knowledge gained from research activity and turn it into
marketable products or improved services?
for submissions to this inquiry is 12 October 2018.
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Infrastructure and Skills Committee, National Assembly for Wales,
Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.
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