About us

Welcome to UK Research and Innovation's interim website. Here you will be able to find out the latest information on UK Research and Innovation in the lead up to our creation in April 2018 and beyond.

UK Research and Innovation's ambition is to be the best research and innovation funder in the world. We will help to ensure that the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation, building on the successful elements from the current funding system: dual funding (block grants and research councils), funding based on peer review, Innovate UK's business focus, our world-class institutes, and industrial research and development.

Through UK Research and Innovation, the government is implementing the recommendations of the Nurse Review, led by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse. The review panel's report called on government to "support the Research Councils to collectively make up more than the sum of their parts", and develop a "smoother pathway to more applied research".

UK Research and Innovation was a proposal of the Part 3 of the Higher Education and Research Bill, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament, and UK Research and Innovation will be created in April 2018.

A primary role of UK Research and Innovation is to fund research into science, technology, humanities, social science and innovation.

We will maximise impact from the research we fund, with three key strategic strands:

  • We will push the frontiers of human knowledge
  • We will deliver economic impact and create better jobs
  • We will create social impact by supporting our society to become stronger, healthier and more resilient.