General Election 2024

The next government must continue to build a research and development landscape fit for the future. To achieve this, it must offer the certainty the research and innovation sector needs by creating a long-term strategy for science.

Ahead of the next UK general election, the Royal Society’s manifesto for science sets out clear proposals for how the next government can build on the UK’s strengths as a home to cutting-edge innovations from green energy to healthcare and nurture the next generation of scientists.

UK science produces enormous value for our society. We led the world in developing an effective COVID-19 vaccine, building on a strong base in biological sciences that had been cultivated over decades. From the steam engine to artificial intelligence, science and innovation have fuelled productivity, created countless jobs and turbocharged our economy in every part of the country. 

The next government must support a stable investment environment and make long-term decisions that ensure the UK has a science and technology ecosystem in which fundamental research discoveries can provide the foundations to a more resilient and prosperous future.   

What the next government can achieve

For the long-term future of the nation 

Develop a long-term plan for UK science  

Strive to lead the G7 in R&D intensity 

Develop an effective international science strategy 

In the first 100 days 

Reduce upfront visa costs for researchers in line with other leading science nations 

In one parliamentary term 

Develop an evidence-led technology roadmap to guide net zero investment 

Enable immediate construction of energy storage infrastructure 

For the long-term future of the nation 

Restructure the secondary education system, introducing a broader and more balanced range of study 

In one parliamentary term  

Reform study of mathematical and data education 

Ensure schools across the country have the funding necessary to offer Core Maths qualifications, which provide important, everyday skills 

In the first 100 days

Guarantee that STEM teachers will have 35 hours of subject-specific CPD annually