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pound;10m fund to back creative minds;In brief

A NEW body will invest around pound;10 million a year in Britain's creative talent, Chris Smith, the Culture Secretary announced this week. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, created with pound;200 million of lottery money, will help turn bright ideas into reality, he said. Pioneer projects include a video teaching link between Cambridge University mathematicians and exceptional pupils from disadvantaged schools in the London Borough of Brent, and a scheme for young engineers to turn inventions and ideas into products.

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