Sorry to post twice in a day, but this is worth a look. In the April Cabinet paper (here as a pdf) is an interesting graph which shows that 72.5% of current Vote Science and Innovation contestable and CRI core funding already goes to the newly announced National Science Challenges. By my calcs the additional funding will push this to 78% assuming no increase in the “Research outside the Challenges” slice of the pie. Have the challenges, therefore, merely reflected what is going on already in the science community? One of the unanswered questions is “Which challenges will get the most funding from the new money?” The graph shows the status quo.