Introducing UK Research and Innovation

Who we are

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

What we do

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI aims to be an outstanding organisation that ensures the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation by creating a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

We will be measured by the impact we deliver, and this will have three elements:

  • We will push the frontiers of human knowledge and understanding
  • We will deliver economic impact and social prosperity
  • We will create social impact by supporting our society and others to become enriched, healthier, more resilient and sustainable.

Our councils

UKRI brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

AHRC funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects. Their research provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training. Their research is helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives and underpinning important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

ESRC is the UK's largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. Their research shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC is the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research. Their portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. They drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC is at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Their scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC is the driving force of investment in environmental science. Their leading research, skills and infrastructure help solve major environmental issues such as air pollution and bring benefits to the UK, like affordable clean energy and increased resilience of our infrastructure.

Research England

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation. Taking forward the England-only responsibilities of Higher Education Funding Council for England in relation to research and knowledge exchange, Research England will create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation. Their research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.