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Guide to the organisation of science and technology (Gost)

Gost is prepared for the British Council by Dr Paul Cunningham and Sue Hinder at PREST (Policy Research in Science, Engineering and Technology), University of Manchester

Section 1

about this guide

recent policy developments

policy support and advice to government

Department of Trade and Industry

DTI related projects

innovation and technology transfer

Section 2
The Research Councils

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC)

Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC)


This volume, the fourth edition, provides an outline guide to public-sector funded science, engineering and technology (SET). It offers a comprehensive picture of the way in which science and technology is organised in the UK. It is not intended as a detailed reference source and readers wishing to obtain a greater level of information are referred to the various contact points listed.

The guide also attempts to help readers follow the various changes which science and technology in Britain have undergone over recent years. It provides a brief description of the more significant transformations and events experienced. The guide is concerned with research and development, especially in those centres which are funded wholly or partly by government departments or by the research councils. Its structure largely reflects the lines through which research funding is channelled.

Major areas of science and technology have been grouped under the broad portfolios of the relevant government departments. The picture, however, has become increasingly complicated as the delivery of government services has become more devolved from ministerial responsibilities. Also, non-governmental, public-sector organisations now play a much more significant role within the UKs scientific and technological infrastructure. For these reasons, non-governmental public organisations have also been included within those sections dealing with government departmental responsibilities although the demarcation of these organisations has been made explicit. In places, quantitative data, such as budgetary allocations, have been provided for illustrative purposes. It should be noted however that such figures tend to date quickly and updated information should be sought where necessary.

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Section 3
Government Departments

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Ministy of Defense (MoD)

Department for Education and Employment (DfEE)

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)

Department of Health

Home Office

Northern Ireland Office

Scottish Office

Welsh Office

International co-operation for science and technology

Section 4

Professional and Learned societies

Science and technology policy

References and sources of information

To obtain your copy of Gost, please contact:

The British Council
Science Section
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester, M1 6BB, UK

t: +44 (0)161 957 7043
f: +44 (0)161 957 7029
e: science@britishcouncil.org

GOST 1999, ISBN 086355 3923

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