Programme: Central Cross-cutting, Technology and Longer-term research programme (including Chief Scientific Adviser's Programme)

Last update: 21 May 2014

The programme includes a number (but not all) of the cross-departmental initiatives addressing broad issues beyond the remit of individual policy-driven programmes. It also includes other projects addressing specific (often emerging) issues best led from the central Unit.

Projects are largely managed through the "Central Initiatives" sub-programme but the Unit also manages sub-programmes which are time limited (eg New Horizons and DfT Horizons). These were responsive to ideas from external researchers and supported innovative research about future challenges and opportunities. Projects supported could cover the whole range of the Department's operations and responsibilities. Other time-limited sub-programmes included the government-wide LINK mechanism which provided support to academic/industrial partnerships conducting pre-competitive research. Additional sponsorship was offered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the then Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). More recently, research initiatives have been taken forward in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board.