Skip to content
Policy projects

Research and innovation

Research helps us to understand our world better and we can use this knowledge to create innovations that improve people’s lives.

The UK is home to a highly successful research and innovation system built on the ideas and talents of researchers from all over the world

The UK government has committed to increase its investment in research and development (R&D) to £22 billion a year by 2025 and increase overall investment in R&D to 2.4% of gross domestic product by 2027.

This is an opportunity to make ambitious changes to the way that we do research and use its findings to benefit our economy and society.

The Royal Society is working to create a strong and healthy research and innovation system in the UK that can benefit us all.

Find out more about research and innovation in your area, where it takes place and how it is supported.

Explore the maps

All data shown in the interactive maps are available to download.

Our work

  • Investing in UK research and development

    A factsheet explaining why a 3% of GDP target for UK R&D is important for the UK, where we are now and factors that should be considered to deliver it. 

    Read the factsheet

  • Research and innovation in your area

    Download factsheets summarising research and innovation activity in your area.

    Read the factsheets

  • Brexit and UK science

    Find out more about the Society’s work to achieve the best outcome for research and innovation through the Brexit negotiations.

    Find out more

  • Research culture

    Research culture encompasses the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. Find out more about the Society's work here. 

    Research culture

  • A fresh case for investment in UK research and innovation

    A joint National Academies project to better understand the benefits that research and innovation bring to the UK. 

    Read more

Most recent

See all recent activity
Was this page useful?
Thank you for your feedback
Thank you for your feedback. Please help us improve this page by taking our short survey.