Our relationship with the government

UKRI was created through the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 to bring together the seven research councils, Innovate UK, and Research England and harmonise and strengthen the UK’s research and innovation landscape.

We are a non-departmental government body, sponsored by the government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

Our funding decisions are made independently from government, as per the Haldane principle. This states that decisions about which research projects to fund should be made through independent evaluation by experts, based on the quality and likely impact of that research.

Last updated: 27 February 2023

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