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S5W-22808: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider commissioning an independent review of whether the funding that is awarded by the Chief Scientist Office and the Scottish Funding Council for mental and physical health research is allocated on an equitable basis between both fields to help ensure that the highest quality work is carried out.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 May 2019

This answer responds to S5W-22808, S5W-22809, S5W-22810, S5W-22811 and S5W-22812 on 7 May 2019. The Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) does not target funding towards any particular condition through its research grant schemes but supports research funding opportunities across a very broad health remit that neither advantages or disadvantages funding towards any particular health area. This allows consideration of research applications to address the widest range of NHS, health and care challenges rather than to focus funding in certain areas and consequently deprioritise others. Applications submitted to CSO are funded following independent expert assessment of the quality of the research projects proposed with funding recommendations made by an independent expert committee.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) does not provide funding specifically for physical or mental health research. It is for Universities to decide whether they undertake such research using SFC grants.

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