Royal Society signs cross-sector statement calling for UK long-term investment in R&D

26 March 2024

The Royal Society and partners across the research and innovation sector have signed a joint statement calling for the UK to be a leading country in the G7 on R&D investment. 

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said:

“Research and innovation is fundamental to the UK’s economic growth and productivity, but investment cannot be turned on and off like a tap.

“We need an ambitious, long-term plan to maximise public benefits from technologies like AI and low-carbon energy, and prepare us for inevitable economic shocks.

“Now is the time to design a research and innovation system fit for the decades ahead and invest to make sure it becomes a reality.”

The full statement and list of signatories can be found at

Further reading

See the Royal Society's manifesto for science: building a more resilient and prosperous future