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Delivery plans outline vision for research and innovation in the UK

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Ambitious delivery plans published today outline how UK Research and Innovation (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% GDP spend on research and innovation by 2027.

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% 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 (see: UK Research and Innovation: Strategic Prospectus: Building the UKRI Strategy), 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% target:

  • Business environment: we will deliver economic, social and cultural impact
  • Places: we will support growth across the UK
  • Ideas: we will address 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.

View the delivery plans: UK Research and Innovation: Delivery Plans.

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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