Dominic Cumming’s Plan for New UK Research Agency


Dominic Cummings met academics at 10 Downing Street to discuss setting up a UK version of the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that would tackle “really big societal challenges”

Cummings has been keen on the idea for some time. Writing on his blog in 2017, he said that as the UK prepares to exit the European Union it “should think hard” about the example of ARPA and “how a small group of people can make a huge breakthrough with little money but the right structure”.

An aspiration to create a UK version “broadly modelled” on the research agency subsequently appeared in the Queen’s speech in October, though details weren’t made public.

Now the ambitions and scope of the agency have been revealed in documents released under Freedom of Information rules to New Scientist.

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