Research & Innovation

Global enterprise has entered one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in history. Powered by new technologies, the way we live our lives is being transformed across the world.

Global enterprise has entered one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in history. Powered by new technologies, the way we live our lives is being transformed across the world.

We are witnessing a new industrial revolution and the UK is extraordinarily well-placed to benefit from it. The ability to do so is rooted in research and innovation infrastructure that brings together global talent from across disciplines and economic sectors to tackle society’s most complex challenges and drive economic growth.

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, we have launched a new interactive portal showcasing the many exciting opportunities for research and innovation that the UK offers.

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

The UK has over 500 nationally and internationally significant research and innovation infrastructures located across the country, and several more around the globe. Broad investment in smaller-scale world-class laboratories underpins them.

Examples include large physical research facilities such as synchrotrons, research ships, scientific satellites and ‘living labs’ simulating how innovations might work in the real world. But we also specialise in knowledge-based resources such as scientific, cultural and artistic collections and archives, as well as high-powered computing systems, test beds and demonstrators.

The UK remains firmly committed to maximising the potential of our infrastructure to tackle critical global challenges; drive economic growth and develop our talented workforce. We are also committed to working in partnership and enhancing links with business and the public locally, nationally and internationally, to provide quality support for infrastructure users.

The ‘lab of the future’ will look and feel very different from today. Vastly increased volumes of data, coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, are having an impact on every discipline and sector. This is a pivotal moment as the UK embarks on a step-change towards the next generation of infrastructure capability.

The UK will build on its strengths and partnerships in research and innovation to face this challenge. This means continuing to invest in world-class infrastructures and to attract and encourage collaborations. The UK will also remain a highly active partner internationally, contributing to and benefitting from the shared knowledge, expertise, data and capability that will shape our changing world.

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