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Research and Development Investment

The British Academy's work on R&D investment, jointly delivered with the other National Academies.

There is broad consensus across the political spectrum to increase total investment in UK research and development (R&D). The Government has committed to meet a target of 2.4% of GDP invested in UK R&D within ten years, and a longer-term goal of 3%. This page contains the British Academy's work on R&D investment jointly delivered with the other National Academies, namely the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Investing in UK R&D

The British Academy, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences  | 

This document outlines the current investment landscape, why a 3% target is important for the UK and factors that should be considered to deliver it.

How does the UK government invest in R&D?

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An overview of some of the structures by which the UK government allocates public funding for R&D in the UK, as outlined in the science budget

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Policy and research

The British Academy’s policy and research work is dedicated to applying that insight to policy issues for public benefit and societal wellbeing.