Evaluation reports

We have a crucial role in creating the conditions for a UK science superpower and innovation nation. We work with our partners, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as our sponsoring department, and with other parts of government to deliver research and innovation priorities.

To achieve this ambition, it is vital that we can:

  • monitor progress
  • manage our own performance
  • evaluate the impact of the wider efforts and actions we support.

We must use this to inform our future strategies and plans, putting evidence at the heart of our decision-making.

In this section, we present part of the work that demonstrates our commitment to monitoring and evaluating our investments rigorously to understand our impact and to learn from ‘what works’.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the impact of our activities in line with our overarching evaluation framework. The framework sets out the principles and processes by which all monitoring and evaluation is undertaken within UK Research and Innovation. This will include:

  • commissioning independent evaluations of our major research and innovation grants and investments
  • continuing to build our in-house skills, capabilities and analytical frameworks.


Evaluation of the multi-funder Insect Pollinators Initiative: May 2018

Evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of BBSRC’s investments in antimicrobial resistance research: November 2022


Review of EPSRC-funded doctoral education: October 2021

Impact of the energy research programme: September 2020

Value of EPSRC fellowships: August 2020

Evaluation of EPSRC’s Healthcare Impact Partnerships investment: March 2020

Impact of EPSRC’s investments in HPC infrastructure: November 2019

EPSRC bibliometric study 2018: April 2019

Impact assessment of EPSRC funding on the circular economy: April 2019

Socio-economic impact of EPSRC’s investment in research equipment: February 2018

The era of mathematics: January 2018

Analysis of publications arising from research funded by ESPRC: January 2017

Returns of engineering research and postgraduate training: March 2015

Investing in excellence, delivering impact for the UK: January 2015

Economic benefits of mathematical science research in the UK: June 2013


Evaluation of the UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) hub: March 2022

Evaluation of Understanding Society: September 2022

ESRC-FCDO Raising Learning Outcomes programme evaluation report: July 2022

ESRC investment in What Works Centres: January 2022

ESRC-FCDO Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research Programme evaluation: February 2021

ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research Programme evaluation: March 2016

Impact evaluation of the New Dynamics of Ageing research programme: August 2015

Impact evaluation of the millennium cohort study: September 2011

Innovate UK

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF): fund-level evaluation baseline report: March 2022

Evaluation of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF): May 2021


Timeline of MRC research and discoveries

Review of the Health Systems Research Initiative: June 2021

COVID-19 response interim report: January 2020 to March 2021

Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative report (2019): December 2019

MRC 10 year translational research evaluation report 2008 to 2018: October 2019

Decades of discovery science set to revolutionise healthcare: November 2018

Estimating the returns to UK publicly funded musculoskeletal disease research in terms of net value of improved health outcomes: January 2018

Review of the UK’s interdisciplinary research: July 2015

Estimating the returns to UK publicly funded cancer-related research in terms of the net value of improved health outcomes: June 2014

Estimating the economic benefits from medical research in the UK: November 2008


British Geological Survey 2016 to 2021 evaluation report: December 2022

Evaluation of NERC centres 2020: evidence submissions: January 2021

Impacts of NERC science: cleaner seas: October 2016

Research England

Strength in Places Fund evaluation baseline report: October 2022

Strength in Places Fund evaluation framework: September 2021


Socio-economic impact evaluation of the UK subscription to ESO: February 2022

Socio-economic impact study of Diamond Light Source: May 2021

Evaluation of the benefits that the UK has derived from CERN: August 2020

Bibliometric analysis of publications funded by the STFC: September 2020

Evaluation of the STFC-EPSRC SLA for CCP and HEC consortia: November 2019

Hartree Centre phase one and two baseline evaluation: October 2018

Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus impact study: March 2017

ISIS lifetime impact study: November 2016

New light on science: socioeconomic impact study of Daresbury SRS: January 2010


Strategic Priorities Fund: baseline and interim process evaluation: July 2022

Process review of UKRI’s research and innovation response to COVID-19: January 2022

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: Evaluation Scoping and Feasibility Study: April 2021

Fund for International Collaboration (FIC): Baseline and interim process evaluation

Last updated: 23 January 2023

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