Oliver Henley, climate change minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has suggested that researchers should collaborate with each other to avoid the worst effects of the forthcoming cuts. Soothsaying a 'long hot summer that's going to be very difficult for a lot of people.'
Work with others, he suggested: 'creative research partnerships represent very good value for money.' It's a timely reminder. It would be all to easy to retrench and stick to what you know in uncertain times. Branching out and striking up new collaborations takes time, energy and commitment, but could pay dividends. Henley's encouragement is timely: we're planning to run a workshop in September as part of the Grants Factory about how to foster collaborative partnerships. More details shortly.