The Simpler and Better Funding (SBF) programme drives UKRI’s work to reduce research bureaucracy. Through the new Funding Service, SBF will ease the burden of finding, applying for and managing UKRI research funding. This will enable researchers and innovators to focus more effort on their ideas, rather than funding administration.
The Independent Review of Research Bureaucracy, led by Professor Adam Tickell, has highlighted the need for coordinated change across the research and innovation community. UKRI welcomes this review and will work with government and the sector to take forward the recommendations. The SBF team will contribute to UKRI’s broader response to the review to reduce bureaucracy.
Throughout the review, the SBF programme leads engaged with Professor Tickell and his team. Many of the recommendations of the independent review align with work already underway within SBF.
We will continue to engage and share experiences with other research funders to further align our approaches where possible.
What we’re doing to reduce bureaucracy in the new Funding Service
Our new digital Funding Service is starting to change how UKRI manages funding opportunities, working towards greater consistency and standardisation across the research councils.