Ambitious delivery plans published across UKRI
10 Jun 2019
Ambitious delivery plans published today outline how UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which includes MRC, will work with its partners to ensure that world-leading research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK.
The Delivery Plans 2019 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, as part of its modern Industrial Strategy backing businesses to create high-paid, highly-skilled jobs in every part of the UK.
Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: “One year ago, we set up UK Research and Innovation, to spearhead our record investment in R&D, with the aim of increasing it to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.
“In its first year, UK Research and Innovation has been a key partner in delivering our modern Industrial Strategy through the Challenge Funds, investing in our skills base through programmes such as Future Leaders Fellowships and new doctoral training in artificial intelligence, and cementing our reputation as a global partner of choice through projects including the Fund for International Collaboration.
“And as part of our modern Industrial Strategy, our ambitious plans for the year ahead will ensure the UK builds on this rich heritage in innovation and research excellence, to create a net zero carbon economy with highly-skilled, well-paid jobs at its core.”
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.”
Sir Mark will outline the plans at a UKRI engagement event in Leeds today (10 June).
He added: “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, 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.
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.
MRC’s mission remains the same: to improve human health through world class research. But our approach is constantly evolving and builds on new opportunities provided by UKRI – for example addressing the wider social and environmental factors that impact on health or the understanding of complex systems fusing biological, physical and data approaches.
In our Delivery Plan we set out four foundations: our commitment to excellent discovery science, investment in people, access to new technologies and infrastructure, and fostering collaboration. These underpin and enhance our seven health themes, which range from disease prevention and early detection to advanced therapies and global health. Partnerships are vital to achieve our mission- including industry, health departments, the NHS, and charities – and we look forward to making the most of these opportunities.