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
- 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 colleges.
- 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 consequences?
- 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
- 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
- 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 “greater heights”.
- What are businesses
and universities able to offer each other when they work in collaboration
on research and innovation projects?
- 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 isn’t?
- 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
deadline for submissions to this inquiry is 12 October 2018.
you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate
to contact us. For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. For
those who would like to submit their response electronically, please send your
submission in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment to SeneddEIS@assembly.wales
those who would like to submit their views in hard copy, letters can be
addressed as follows:
Infrastructure and Skills Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Ty Hywel,
Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.
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