UKRI Publishes 2022-25 Corporate Plan

The plan sets out how UKRI will deliver its vision, mission and strategic objectives over a three-year period.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its three-year Corporate Plan for 2022-25, setting out how the organisation will allocate its annual £7.9 billion budget and support the UK Government’s ambition to ensure the UK to is a global leader in research and innovation.

The plan builds on UKRI’s five-year strategy, transforming tomorrow together, which was published in March 2022 and established how UKRI would deliver its ambitions through the following six strategic objectives:

  • People and careers: making the UK the top destination for talented people and teams.
  • Places: securing the UK’s position as a globally leading research and innovation nation with outstanding institutions, infrastructures, sectors, and clusters across the breadth of the UK.
  • Ideas: advancing the frontiers of human knowledge and innovation by enabling the UK to seize opportunities from emerging research trends, multidisciplinary approaches and new concepts and markets.
  • Innovation: delivering the government’s vision for the UK as an innovation nation, through concerted action of Innovate UK and wider UKRI.
  • Impacts: focusing the UK’s world class science and innovation to target global and national challenges, create and exploit tomorrow’s technologies, and build the high-growth business sectors of the future.
  • Underpinned by a strong organisation: making UKRI the most efficient, effective and agile organisation it can be.

The plan recognises the integrated capability of UKRI’s respective councils and provides an overview of the collective activities across UKRI. Commitments in the plan include:

  • Increased investment in technologies of the future, including building on investments in artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and engineering biology.
  • A £2 billion talent programme.
  • Increasing research and innovation infrastructure investment to £1.1 billion a year by 2024 to 2025.
  • Boosting innovation, including through Innovate UK with a budget increase to more than £1 billion by 2024 to 2025.
  • Piloting Innovation Accelerators in Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Glasgow City Region.
  • An extra £185 million across UKRI to target global and national challenges, including the move to net zero through a new ‘Building a Green Future’ programme.
  • A pilot £65 million investment in new and emerging areas that reach beyond disciplinary boundaries.
  • UKRI becoming a more open and agile organisation.

The publication of the plan will be followed individual strategic delivery plans for UKRI’s nine councils.

The Corporate Plan can be accessed at UKRI’s website.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)