Government investment in research

Government investment plays an important part in supporting scientific excellence in the UK. 

Our position

UK science relies on government investment to:

We want this investment to continue, and we welcome the planned £2 billion increase to the UK science budget set out in the government’s 2016 Autumn Statement

We also welcome cross-party support for investing 3% of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in research and development.

What we're doing

Last year, we spent around £880 million in the UK to support world-leading research.

Research and the European Union

The EU is a significant source of funding for UK researchers. Between 2007 and 2013 it provided €6.1 billion to support them. 

As the UK renegotiates its relationship with the EU, we're working to secure the best possible future for UK research. Read more about our position on Brexit and the EU.

Reforms to UK scientific research 

In April 2017, the Higher Education and Research Act became law. The legislation sets out substantial changes to the structure and governance of UK scientific research and higher education. 

We worked closely with parliamentarians and policy makers during the development of the legislation. Now we’ll monitor its implementation, including the establishment of the new UK Research and Innovation body, to make sure it delivers on its promise to:

Charity Research Support Fund

We’re working with other medical research charities to make sure that the Charity Research Support Fund (an essential source of government investment that ‘tops-up’ charity funding) is protected and increased in line with recent growth in charity investment.

Economic benefits from research

We’re exploring the economic returns that come from investment in medical research in our series of What’s It Worth reports. So far, these have looked at:

We’ll be publishing a report on arthritis in July 2017.

More information

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Ben Bleasdale 

Topics

Influencing policy

Science policy affects a broad range of issues, ranging from data sharing and gene editing, to intellectual property and regulation.

Research environment

The UK has a world-leading research environment.

Reports and consultations