It reflects the progress we have made, the challenges we face, and where we will focus our efforts in the coming year to achieve our objectives.
Our collective actions will help strengthen the UK’s world leading research and innovation (R&I) system and support the UK government’s ambitions for high productivity growth and innovative public services.
Harnessing the strength of the UK R&I system
UKRI Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser said:
Working closely with our community and partners, we have made significant progress over the last twelve months to strengthen the UK’s outstanding research and innovation system, in which people and teams thrive, to which everyone can contribute and from which everyone benefits.
By harnessing the strengths of the UK’s R&I system we are positioning the UK at the forefront of global scientific and technological advancement.
This update outlines how we are investing for the long and the near term, and attracting further investment, to provide for future capability and agility to respond rapidly to emerging challenges, opportunities, and government priorities.
We will continue to work closely with others to deliver against our strategy – to transform tomorrow together – while driving forward our ambitions for transformation to ensure we are the most efficient, effective, and agile organisation we can be.
Progressing our spending review commitments
We are progressing delivery of our commitments for the current spending review period (2022 to 2025), including:
- investing £250 million through our technology missions across artificial intelligence, quantum and engineering biology to grow these world leading sectors
- publishing our Collective Talent Funding roadmap setting out how we will simplify and enhance our talent investments and support the diverse career path needed for success
- investing a further £72 million through our Infrastructure Fund to support step changes in infrastructure capability and capacity
- investing in Local Policy-Innovation Partnerships across 10 areas of the UK to trial innovative approaches to driving inclusive and sustainable growth
- co-developing £100 million investment in Innovation Accelerators, and new Launchpad investments, with regional partners to grow local innovation capability across the UK
- deploying the strength of UK R&I to address complex global and national challenges, focused around our five strategic themes
- launching a new £65 million fully open interdisciplinary responsive mode pilot to bring different disciplinary perspectives and approaches together
- progressing towards increasing our efficiency and effectiveness, maximising our value for money in supporting UK R&I, supported by the Grant review of UKRI and the Tickell review of research bureaucracy
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