UK and US agree science and technology partnership

Britain and the United States agree on a science and technology partnership

The partnership will explore a number of areas for cooperation, including research, innovation and commercialization; defense, security, law enforcement and intelligence; and to make sure that technology is used as a force for good around the world.

Officials from both sides will work to develop the partnership next year.

It aims to strengthen cooperation in areas such as the resilience and security of critical supply chains, battery technologies and emerging technologies, including AI, and to improve the availability and flow of data in support of economic growth, public safety and scientific and technological progress. .

Will see countries work on a new statement of intent to help realize the full potential of quantum technologies that use the properties of quantum physics to dramatically improve device functionality and performance, develop proposals for future technologies such as 6G and strengthen collaboration on digital technical standards.

The two countries also pledged to further expand science and technology cooperation to help facilitate world-class research and influence the rules, norms and standards governing technology and the digital economy.

The countries hope to combine their efforts to address global challenges such as cancer, pandemic preparedness, antimicrobial resistance and climate change, including through closer coordination between the Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Council and the Council of Science and Technology Advisers. of the President and through closer cooperation between American and British senior advisers in science and technology.

“In the 1980s, with the signing of the Atlantic Charter, technology changed the world beyond recognition,” said Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, “but the goals that support it still connect the United States and Britain today: support for democracy, open societies and free markets.” “

Eric Lander, the president’s science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, said: “There are few relationships that are so much a consequence of the transatlantic partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom in science and technology. We share a belief in the power of science and technology to improve health, prosperity and security, as well as a commitment to the importance of research, freedom of research and equitable participation in science and technology. Together, we will seek to set a positive example of how countries can work together to address the critical and transnational challenges of the 21st century, including pandemic preparedness, climate change and cancer. “

The ten-year National Quantum Technology Program is set to see more than £ 1bn in private and public investment, and in 2018 the US allowed more than $ 1bn to develop quantum technology, with three NSF quantum jump institutes and five national research centers of DOE summer 2020.

The UK government will invest £ 14.9 billion in research and development this year, reaching the highest level in four decades. This is a key step in our commitment to increase total public and private R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 and includes £ 200 million for Net Zero Innovation’s portfolio to steer the UK on the road. to a low-carbon future.