Innovation in the UK

Innovation is a vital part of the research landscape and UKRI provides funding and support to encourage the development of new products, processes and practices.

This innovation is essential so that:

  • the UK has a thriving research community
  • we can ensure effective delivery of all 34 Strategic Priorities Fund programmes
  • skills and knowledge are used in the best way to address new national and global challenges.

We provide support for innovation by:

  • funding new and ambitious projects
  • enabling collaboration, such as with industry or policymakers
  • sharing research intelligence and data
  • protecting intellectual property.

How our councils support innovation

These councils provide specific support to help universities and other academic institutions work with business and industry to develop new and innovative projects:

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