The UK has a world-leading research base, which provides the foundation for new ideas and discoveries, and fuels economic growth and the creation of high-value jobs.
However, the UK’s leadership in research cannot be taken for granted. UK investment in research is failing to keep pace with other leading nations and risks eroding the capacity to attract and retain the very best researchers from the UK and overseas.
To ensure that the UK can exploit all that its excellent research and innovation base has to offer and remain an economic powerhouse, it must keep investing in and building an environment in which research will prosper and ideas will flourish.
The British Academy together with our sister academies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, sets out a vision for the next Government in the statement 'Building a stronger future'.