With a combined budget of more than 6 billion, UKRI will be a major voice for research and innovation in the UK and globally, helping implement the governments ambitious Industrial Strategy.
Since May 2016 when Sir John Kingman was appointed the interim Chair, he has been central to the formation of UKRI.
Research and development is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and UKRI will be the vehicle to ensure that we capitalise on innovation and work closely with industry and universities to ensure that we double down on our strengths and make the most of the opportunities in our world leading scientific and research base.
Sir John was appointed as Chair of UKRI on an interim basis in May 2016, to set up the new organisation in shadow form.
As announced in May 2016, in the governments higher education and research white paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, UKRI will be established as a single, strategic body that will bring together the 7 Research Councils, Innovate UK and the research funding from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
UKRI will ensure that the UK maintains its world-leading research and innovation position by creating a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.