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Research and innovation

Investing in research and innovation generates the new knowledge, technologies and jobs that power a successful economy and improve people’s lives and opportunities. It means we can tackle the huge challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss and prepare for and manage future threats to our health and wellbeing.

The UK government has committed to increase public investment in research and development to £20 billion a year by 2025 with an overall investment target of 2.4% of GDP by 2027. 

This is an opportunity to maximise the UK’s strengths in science, research and innovation in ways that lead us to a better future.

The Royal Society is working to create a strong and healthy research and innovation system in the UK, built on the ideas and talents of researchers from all over the world, which can benefit us all.

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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  • 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
  • The role of the EU in international research collaboration and researcher mobility

    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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  • 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. 

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