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Governance and structure

UK Research and Innovation governance arrangements enable clear accountability and efficient decision-making. Our governance arrangements will:

  • support development and delivery of the overall strategy for the organisation
  • enable the CEO to perform his role as accountable officer
  • empower each of the Councils and Executive Chairs to take a leading role in their area, consistent with the commitment to subsidiarity in the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.

Our main governance bodies are the UK Research and Innovation Board and the Executive Committee which provides strategy advice to the Board and is the day-to-day coordinating body for UKRI executive activity.

Each of the nine Councils have Council members who play a critical role in our strategy development and governance. Council members will work with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission .

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) framework document (PDF, 751KB) sets out the governance arrangements between UKRI and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

UKRI has its own internal governance framework, which will work with, and be informed by, this framework document, the HER Act and other relevant policies and guidance.