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Diversity data

Harmonised diversity data is now available for seven research councils covering the past five financial years. We will continue to provide this data annually and the councils will no longer publish individual data sets.

There are four protected characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity and disability) in the new data set which covers:

  • principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator grant applicants and recipients
  • fellowship applicants and awardees
  • PhD studentship starts.

For the first time, we are publishing data on award values for the different groups. We are also collecting data on additional characteristics as well as employing advanced forms of data analysis. That will allow us to better understand trends as we develop our work.

How to access the data

Detailed information on how the dataset was produced, along with interpretative guidance and a summary of findings, is available in the data narrative report (PDF, 600KB).

You can access data via interactive Tableau dashboards. Instructions on how to use the dashboards are available in the first tab on the left at the top of the page under ‘Guidance’.

Alternatively, download the data as Excel files:

Before releasing this data, UKRI responded to an initial data request from the Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the impact of science funding policy on equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (PDF, 3MB).

Contact us

Contact us if you have questions about the data release.


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Last updated: 9 November 2020

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