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Growing research in Wales

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Economy and Science Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced more than £17m funding to bring up to 90 new research fellows to Wales.
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Science in Wales is world class - more than three-quarters of the research undertaken by our universities has been assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Building a strong and successful scientific community is one of the Welsh Government’s core aims. We fund a number of programmes to develop the capacity of our research base.

Sêr Cymru

The Sêr Cymru (“Stars Wales”) programme brings scientific talent into research posts in Wales.

The first phase committed up to £50m to bring prestigious research chairs to Wales’ universities. So far, 4 internationally-renowned academics have been appointed through the scheme. The first phase of the Sêr Cymru programme also supported the development of 3 national research networks in each of our 'grand challenge' areas: life sciences and health; low carbon, energy and environment; and advanced engineering and materials.

We are now launching the second phase of Sêr Cymru. This £60m phase includes a number of new initiatives to strengthen the capacity of Wales’ leading university research groups. These initiatives aim to bring scientists in the early or middle stages of their career, and those currently on a career break, into research posts in Wales.

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