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Charities, like businesses, will make decisions to fund research in an independent Scotland based upon reputation, excellence and value for money – just as they do now. For example, for as long as our universities and NHS research base continue to be seen as world leaders in the research and treatment of diseases – from cancer to Parkinson’s – then Scotland will continue to attract funding accordingly.

UK charities, such as Cancer Research, provided competitively funded research in Scotland of £121 million in 2011/12. Scots are also generous contributors to UK charities, both financially and by way of fundraising and volunteering activities.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.