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NPL responds to the release of the Government R&D Roadmap

NPL welcomes the publication of the Government R&D Roadmap with its commitment to invest in R&D to realise the potential of the UK’s science and engineering expertise and support the UK’s economic recovery post COVID-19.

NPL, as the UK’s National Metrology Institute (NMI), provides the underpinning measurement infrastructure and technologies that are essential for enabling science, innovation, research and development, as well as facilitating trade. We were pleased to see that the role of Public Sector Research Establishments (PSREs) like NPL have been recognised within the roadmap and that there will be greater opportunities to utilise our strengths:

  • providing measurement infrastructure and technologies to boost productivity
  • bringing our world-leading multidisciplinary measurement science to contribute to the success of the ambitious moonshots
  • delivering international leadership in the measurement community
  • nurturing talent and reducing the skills gap

Dr Peter Thompson, FREng, CEO, National Physical Laboratory said: “NPL, as the UK’s National Metrology Institute and a public sector research establishment (PSRE), is proud of its role in the scientific community. I welcome the government’s announcement of the R&D Roadmap – and look forward to continuing the conversation about how the scientific and engineering expertise at NPL can be exploited to further benefit the UK. I welcome more opportunities for NPL to be part of multidisciplinary collaborations with universities, research institutes and industry providing the specialist measurement needed for some of the UK’s largest challenges

Measurement underpins science, research, innovation and trade, we have remained open throughout the crisis delivering essential services – our focus is now firmly on what can we do to help businesses recover and thrive, using research as a driver to increase productivity and level up opportunities across the UK”

Read the full response here. 

03 Jul 2020