Geographical distribution of funding


Why we analyse geographical data

The geographical distribution of spend report is an annual publication mapping UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) funding across the UK. This is to improve transparency and enable further analysis, while strengthening the evidence base for the levelling up agenda.

In this section you will find:

  • longitudinal data on where and how much funding UKRI has spent by financial year
  • breakdowns of UKRI data by ITL1 to 3
  • data on research and development funding provided by funding bodies in the devolved nations
  • contextual data by region and nation including gross value added, local population, number of businesses and number of researchers

Throughout these reports, the place-based statistics of the UK are presented according to the Office for National Statistics’ geocode standard of International Territorial Levels (ITL).

The ITLs directly correspond to EU’s Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS), used between 2003 and 2021. This means that the maps presented in this publication could be compared to the ones in previous reports.

Find out more about ITL areas from the Office for National Statistics.

Last updated: 6 March 2023

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