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UK research and innovation infrastructure roadmap

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is developing a research and innovation infrastructure roadmap. This is a challenging task as the UK has never undertaken a road mapping exercise of this breadth and scale. It will offer enormous benefit in increasing our understanding of the UK's current capability and in planning for the future. UKRI has been asked to undertake this project by the Universities and Science Minister and it will contribute to the Government’s ambition of 2.4% UK GDP investment in R&D by 2027.

Survey

Update: As part of this programme we are conducting analysis to better understand the current research and innovation infrastructure landscape. We have launched a survey to gather information on research and innovation infrastructures of strategic importance to the UK.

If you believe your infrastructure meets the criteria outlined at the start of the survey and you haven’t been contacted directly by UKRI we would welcome your survey response by 19 March 2018.

What are research and innovation infrastructures?

Facilities, resources and services that are used by the research and innovation communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include: 

  • major research equipment (or sets of instruments)
  • knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and data
  • e-infrastructures such as data and computing systems and communication networks
  • any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation.

What is a research and innovation infrastructure roadmap?

A strategic plan that sets out an overall vision for research and innovation infrastructures and the major steps needed to achieve it.

Objectives

UKRI aims to create a long-term (until approximately 2030) research and innovation infrastructure roadmap based on an understanding of existing UK infrastructure (and key international facilities in which the UK participates), future needs (research, economic and social), and resulting investment priorities. 

In addition the roadmap will:

  • identify future research and innovation capability priorities
  • identify opportunities for increasing inter-connectivity
  • support development of UKRI's overall long-term investment plan
  • promote the UK as a global leader in research and innovation
  • set out the major steps needed to reach the long term vision.

Sector themes

The roadmap will be structured around the sectors listed below, alongside cross cutting themes. Many infrastructures will contribute to more than one sector.

  • Biological sciences, health and food
  • Environment 
  • Energy
  • Physical sciences and engineering
  • Social sciences, arts and humanities
  • Computational and e-infrastructures

Timescale

  • Programme launched – January 2018
  • Emerging findings published – November 2018 
  • Final report published – Spring 2019

Further information

Slides from talks at programme launch event on 22 January 2018:

Further updates on the infrastructure roadmap will be added to this page as the work progresses.

If you have any questions please email infrastructure@ukri.org