• UK and US will develop a brand new partnership on science and technology to strengthen collaboration between our international locations, creating jobs and defending safety

  • Partnership will assist progress the ideas enshrined in the brand new Atlantic Charter agreed by the Prime Minister and President Biden at a gathering in Cornwall in the present day

  • Future cooperation will construct on the Digital Secretary’s 10 Tech Priorities, the UK’s R&D Strategy and the federal government’s Integrated Review

The UK and US have in the present day agreed to deepen ties on science and technology and create a brand new period of strategic cooperation in the sector.

As a part of US President Joe Biden’s go to to the UK and underneath the framework of the revitalised Atlantic Charter, the 2 international locations have agreed to develop a landmark science and technology partnership to strengthen the valued UK-US relationship, creating jobs and defending the safety of our residents.

Both nations have set out their ambition to proceed to lead the world in analysis and improvement, investing in our experience and capability to create wealth and deal with inequality, and make sure the values of liberal democracies, open societies and open markets are embedded in the design and use of technology globally.

The partnership will discover a lot of areas for cooperation together with analysis, innovation and commercialisation; defence, safety, legislation enforcement and intelligence; and ensuring technology is used as a power for good all over the world. Officials from each international locations will work to develop the partnership over the course of the following 12 months.

It goals to strengthen cooperation in areas such because the resilience and safety of essential provide chains, battery applied sciences, and rising applied sciences together with synthetic intelligence (AI) and to enhance the accessibility and movement of knowledge to assist financial development, public security and scientific and technological progress.

It will see the international locations work in the direction of a brand new assertion of intent to assist realise the complete potential of quantum applied sciences, which use the properties of quantum physics to dramatically enhance the performance and efficiency of gadgets, develop proposals on future technology similar to 6G and strengthen collaboration on digital technical requirements.

The two nations have additionally dedicated to proceed to broaden collaboration on science and technology to assist facilitate world-class analysis and affect the principles, norms and requirements governing technology and the digital economic system.

The international locations hope to mix their experience to deal with international challenges similar to most cancers, pandemic preparedness, antimicrobial resistance, and local weather change, together with by way of nearer coordination between the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and by way of nearer collaboration between US and UK senior science and technology advisers.

Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden stated:

In the 80 years because the Atlantic Charter was signed, technology has modified the world past recognition.

But the targets that underpin it nonetheless bind the US and UK collectively in the present day: assist for democracy, open societies and free markets.

Today’s announcement marks a brand new period of cooperation with our closest ally, in which we commit to utilizing technology to create prosperity and assure the security and safety of our residents for years to come.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng stated:

The United States is our closest ally and most vital analysis companion – a partnership which harnesses the facility of the free market, science and new technology to deal with a few of humanity’s biggest challenges, from antimicrobial resistance to getting ready for future pandemics.

The landmark new partnership introduced in the present day will deepen these all-important ties and guarantee Anglo-American analysis can proceed to develop new applied sciences to generate wealth and prosperity for the great of mankind for generations to come.

Presidential Science Adviser and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eric Lander, stated:

There are few relationships as consequential because the transatlantic partnership between the United States and United Kingdom in science and technology.

We share a perception in the facility of science and technology to enhance well being, prosperity and safety, and a dedication to the significance of investigator-driven analysis, freedom of inquiry, and equitable participation in the S&T enterprise.

Together, we’ll search to set a optimistic instance of how international locations can work collectively to resolve the essential and transnational challenges of the twenty first century, together with pandemic preparedness, local weather change, and most cancers.

Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, stated:

I welcome this nearer collaboration which is able to convey collectively the perfect of UK and US scientists and engineers. By combining our experience to deal with international challenges, similar to most cancers, local weather change, and pandemic preparedness, we are able to make an actual distinction and enhance folks’s lives.

The UK and the US are already international leaders in applied sciences similar to cyber safety and AI. Research revealed by Tech Nation reveals the AI sector is value £32.6 billion and residence to greater than 1,300 AI firms together with companies similar to DeepMind. The cyber sector now employs greater than 50,000 folks in the UK and is value an estimated £8.9 billion.

Dealroom information reveals the UK is Europe’s undisputed tech hub, with £11.3 billion ($16 billion) of enterprise capital being pumped into the sector in 2020, greater than France and Germany mixed, and the variety of billion greenback tech ‘unicorns’ jumped from 10 to 81 over the identical interval.

Both governments are backing new technology and innovation. A ten-year National Quantum Technologies Programme, which is ready to see over £1bn in non-public and public funding, has positioned the UK as a worldwide chief in the sector and in 2018 the US authorised over $1 billion to advance quantum applied sciences, with three NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes and 5 DOE nationwide analysis centres introduced in summer season 2020.

The UK authorities will make investments £14.9 billion in R&D this 12 months, bringing funding to its highest stage in 4 many years. This is a significant step in the direction of our dedication to improve complete public and non-public R&D funding to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027 and contains £200 million for the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio to set the UK on the trail to a low carbon future.

This funding contains funding in world main science and superior arithmetic, and in growing web zero power applied sciences. It will even nurture the expertise and abilities of the following technology – together with by way of the STEM Ambassadors Network and the CREST Awards to be certain that we proceed to produce various cohorts of world-leading scientists and engineers.

The future partnership being introduced in the present day will construct on these investments alongside the Digital Secretary’s Ten Tech Priorities which laid out how the federal government will intention to lead the worldwide dialog on tech, maintain the UK secure and safe on-line, and champion free and honest digital commerce.

It will even construct on the Prime Minister’s Integrated Review, which outlines how the federal government will take a extra lively method to science and technology – utilizing it to form and bolster the UK’s coverage ambitions and to affect the design and use of recent applied sciences in line with democratic values.

And, later this 12 months, the federal government will publish its Innovation Strategy which is able to set out plans to promote and stimulate innovation in all corners of the nation.

Earlier this 12 months the Digital Secretary spoke together with his US counterparts to emphasize the significance of world collaboration to shield folks on-line and drive the worldwide debate in this space and used the G7 assembly of digital ministers to agree a declaration to put technology on the coronary heart of world efforts to construct again higher from the pandemic.


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