Joint National Academy Submission to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's International Development Strategy Call for Evidence

16 September 2021

In response to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s Call for Evidence on the International Development Strategy, the Royal Society has submitted a joint response along with the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Academy of Medical Sciences.

In our response, the UK National Academies welcome the objectives and direction of the Integrated Review, particularly the focus on keeping the UK’s place at the leading edge of science and technology. 

UK-funded research and innovation has contributed to significant global advances, including a dramatic reduction of child deaths from malaria, eradication of the devastating livestock disease rinderpest, reduction of gender-based violence and building the case for climate action. These contributions demonstrate the critical role of research and innovation in supporting the objectives of the integrated review, especially the objective of the UK to become a problem-solving and burden-sharing nation with a global perspective.