UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, funded through the science budget of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
|Established||1 April 2018|
|Type||Non-departmental public body|
|Headquarters||Swindon, Wiltshire, England|
Established on 1 April 2018 by the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, UKRI brought nine organisations into one unified body. UKRI was created following a report by Sir Paul Nurse, the President of the Royal Society, who recommended the merger in order to increase integrative cross-disciplinary research.
Working in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities and government, its mission is to foster research and development within the United Kingdom and create a positive "impact" – "push the frontiers of human knowledge and understanding", "deliver economic impact" and "create social and cultural impact". The first Chief Executive Officer of UKRI was the immunologist Professor Sir Mark Walport. He was succeeded on 29 June 2020 by plant biologist Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser.
It maintains the Gateway to Research (GtR) portal "to enable users to search and analyse information about publicly funded research".
There are nine bodies in UKRI, comprising the seven research councils formerly organised under Research Councils UK and two additional bodies, Innovate UK and Research England. Innovate UK had its roots in the Department of Trade and Industry, while Research England succeeded the former Higher Education Funding Council for England. Research England is responsible for the Research Excellence Framework, or REF, and is developing a new knowledge exchange framework, KEF.
|Research council||Formation||Website||Budget 2019–2020|
|Arts and Humanities Research Council||2005||AHRC Website||£140M|
|Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council||1994||BBSRC website||£459M|
|Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council||1994||EPSRC website||£1096M|
|Economic and Social Research Council||1965||ESRC website||£252M|
|Medical Research Council||1913||MRC website||£742M|
|Natural Environment Research Council||1965||NERC website||£444M|
|Science and Technology Facilities Council||2007||STFC website||£728M|
|Innovate UK||2007||Innovate UK||£1265M|
|Research England||2018||Research England||£2377M|