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Neurosciences Projects

Volume 167: debated on Wednesday 14 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list for the years 1979–80 and 1989–90 (a) total applications, (b) alpha applications, (c) awards and (d) alpha applications unfunded in Medical Research Council grants to cell systems and neurosciences projects.

The following table lists the figures for academic years 1979–80 and 1988–89. Figures for the academic year 1989–90 are not yet available.

Project grants and year

Neurosciences

Systems

Cell

Total

1988–89231233207671

Awards made

1979–80142228166536
1988–89121130119370

Alpha applications not funded

1979–8065415
1988–8911010388301

The Medical Research Council has reduced in recent years the proportion of funds available for short-term awards to universities in order to concentrate on long-term programmes both in universities and Medical Research Council establishments and to meet new problems such as AIDS.