Research environment

The UK's world-leading research environment depends on long-term government investment at every stage, support for a skilled workforce, and cutting-edge facilities and equipment.

Our work

Brexit and the EU

We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Government investment in research

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

Accelerated Access Review

The recommendations set out in the review mark one of the first steps towards making sure that promising drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital products are adopted quickly across the NHS.

Reports

International public engagement: gathering views of engagement with research across Africa and India [PDF 721KB]

  • September 2016

We examine attitudes to public engagement with research across our funding portfolio in low- and middle-income countries.

Public attitudes to commercial access to health data [PDF 2.8MB]

  • March 2016

We commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake research into public attitudes towards commercial organisations accessing health, medical and genetic data.

The UK’s innovation ecosystem [PDF 497KB]

  • November 2014

We commissioned Bain & Company to look at the barriers that prevent life sciences research from being effectively translated into treatments, technologies and products.

More reports

Briefings and responses

Science budget and Industrial Strategy inquiry [PDF 247KB]

  • November 2017

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework [PDF 292KB]

  • March 2017

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Long-term sustainability of the NHS [PDF 240KB]

  • October 2016

House of Lords Select Committee

More briefings and responses