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UK research and innovation

Research and innovation takes place all over the UK. 

The Government’s Industrial Strategy commits to significantly increase investment in UK Research & Development (R&D) and reach a target of 2.4% of GDP by 2027, with a longer term goal of 3%.

Delivering this will require the UK to unlock its scientific and innovation potential nationwide. 

The Society is working to ensure that this happens, considering how the UK can spend smarter to ensure that these investments improve people’s lives.

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

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Our work

  • Research and innovation in your area

    Download factsheets summarising research and innovation activity in your area.

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  • How does the UK government invest in research and development?

    An overview of some of the structures by which the UK government allocates public funding for R&D in the UK.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • Open for business

    A joint National Academies statement outlining action needed to send a bold, positive message that the UK is one of the best places in the world to research and innovate. 

    Read the statement

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