The Office of Science and Technology (OST) was a non-ministerial government department of the British government between 1992 and 2007. It was formed in 1992 as a merger of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser with the Science Branch of the Department of Education and Science (as it then was). Although originally run under the Cabinet Office, it was moved between Departments in 1995 to operate under the Department of Trade and Industry. In early 2006, the office was renamed the Office of Science and Innovation, and was subsequently absorbed into the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in the Summer of 2007 when the Department for Education and Skills was split in two.
The office was responsible for co-ordination of the Government's science and technology related activities and policies, and the distribution government funds among the seven U.K. Research Councils.
The Government Chief Scientific Advisor now heads the Government Office for Science.
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