Delivery plans outline vision for research and innovation in the UK

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EPSRC today published its delivery plan in concert with those of the other councils that form UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The plans set out how UKRI will work with its partners to ensure that world-leading research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK.  

The 2019-20 plans highlight the areas of focus and key activities of UKRI's nine constituent councils and its cross-cutting themes. The plans also detail UKRI's approach to delivering the government's target of 2.4 per cent GDP spend on research and innovation by 2027, as part of its modern Industrial Strategy backing businesses to create high-paid, highly-skilled jobs in every part of the UK.

Science Minister, Chris Skidmore, said“One year ago, we set up UK Research and Innovation, to spearhead our record investment in R&D, with the aim of increasing it to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027.

In its first year, UK Research and Innovation  has been a key partner in delivering our modern Industrial Strategy through the Challenge Funds, investing in our skills base through programmes such as Future Leaders Fellowships and new doctoral training in artificial intelligence, and cementing our reputation as a global partner of choice through projects including the Fund for International Collaboration.

“And as part of our modern Industrial Strategy, our ambitious plans for the year ahead will ensure the UK builds on this rich heritage in innovation and research excellence, to create a net zero carbon economy with highly-skilled, well-paid jobs at its core.”

EPSRC's Executive Chair, Professor Lynn Gladden, said: Our delivery plan sets out how we will build on the strengths of our research base to deliver economic and societal benefits for the UK, stimulate the research community to open up new areas of science and develop partnerships across UKRI, with international partners, and with research users and business.

Essential to delivering our vision is to provide our research base with state-of-the-art research infrastructure at laboratory and national scale, and to access the diverse talent that can contribute to the success of engineering and physical sciences research.

This is an exciting time for EPSRC and we look forward to working with our partner Councils in UKRI. EPSRC's plan will dovetail at many points with its sister councils to achieve the wider mission of UKRI.

UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: The delivery plans announced today are the blueprints for UKRI's ambition to deliver the future of research and innovation. They outline how we will address the major global and societal challenges of our time, catalyse collaboration and contribute to meeting the government's ambitious 2.4 per cent target.

UKRI has had a strong first year – the Future Leaders Fellowships programme, the Strength in Places Fund and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund are all examples of the difference we can make working together as one organisation.

But there is much more to do. Our vision is to benefit everyone by delivering knowledge with impact. Our delivery plans set out how we intend to make that ambition a reality.

The plans have been developed with input from across UKRI's research and innovation communities and build upon the Strategic Prospectus, published in May 2018, which outlined UKRI's vision, mission and values.

Delivery plans have been published by UKRI's nine constituent councils, in addition to a plan covering cross-UKRI initiatives. The cross-UKRI delivery plan details the six themes that guide the organisation's approach to delivering the 2.4 per cent target:

  • Business environment: we will deliver economic, social and cultural impact
  • Places: we will support growth across the UK
  • Ideas: we will build global partnerships and address global challenges
  • People: we will build the skills and environment required for research and innovation to thrive
  • Infrastructure: we will enable access to, and invest in, world-leading research and innovation infrastructure
  • International: we will build global partnerships and address global challenges

The plan also highlights the key initiatives established by UKRI, including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Strength in Places Fund, the Strategic Priorities Fund, Future Leaders Fellowships and Fund for International Collaboration.

Delivery plans for each of UKRI's nine councils set out ambitious programmes for each council in support of UKRI's overall approach, detailing their priorities and research and innovation themes.

Each delivery plan contains case studies highlighting councils' success stories, investments and major initiatives.