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The UK’s Research and Innovation Infrastructure

The UK is globally acknowledged as an open, enterprising economy built on invention, innovation and competition. Possibly less well-known is the research and innovation infrastructure that helps drive it. 

Research and innovation infrastructure in the UK offers a wealth of opportunities to the world's problem-solvers. There are also numerous shared facilities with industry, public services and the private and charitable sectors, as well as numerous collaborations and partnerships that draw on the UK's infrastructure capabilities. 

This webpage provides a representative snapshot of the UK’s current, remarkably diverse, incredibly dynamic infrastructure landscape.  We hope it inspires you to find out more. To encourage and help you, our interactive portal showcases the many exciting opportunities for research and innovation that the UK offers.

500+ significant national and international infrastructures

92% of our infrastructures collaborate with international partners

25,000 people are employed at UK-based research and innovation infrastructures

42% work with public policy and ¾ with business

92% of our infrastructures work across multiple disciplines

39% of users come from outside the UK

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