UK Research and Innovation
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.
Its ambition is to be the outstanding research and innovation organisation in the world. It will ensure that the UK maintains our world-leading research and innovation position by creating a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.
Through UK Research and Innovation, the government is implementing the recommendations of the Nurse Review, led by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse. The review panel's report called on the government to "support the Research Councils to collectively make up more than the sum of their parts", and develop a "smoother pathway to more applied research".
UK Research and Innovation was a proposal of Part 3 of the Higher Education and Research Bill, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament, and UK Research and Innovation will be created in April 2018.