UK International Research and Innovation Strategy published 14th May

The International Research and Innovation Strategy (BEIS) sets out how the UK will develop its international research and innovation partnerships to address global challenges and help achieve the targets in our modern Industrial Strategy.

Through a series of key themes the strategy targets the UK’s offer to distinct international audiences, other governments, research organisations, businesses and investors, and individual researchers and entrepreneurs.

The seven themes are

A global partner: how we will build and promote partnerships and openness, guided by excellence and impact.

Bringing together talent: how we will connect researchers and entrepreneurs, support their development and the translation of their ideas, and build global people networks

A global hub for innovation: how we will provide innovation hubs across the UK for global innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to connect and build industries of the future.

A package of incentives and financial support: how the UK’s package of incentives and financial support attracts innovative start-ups and scale-ups, and how that support will grow.

A global platform for the technologies of tomorrow: how the strengths and global reach of our governance, intellectual property and standards frameworks can support the design of common, global regulatory approaches to bring forward emerging, transformative technologies.

A partner for a sustainable future: how we will build and invest in collaborative partnerships to tackle the greatest global challenges.

An advocate for better research governance, ethics and impact: how we will build through multilateral fora an international consensus on research governance, ethics and on Open Science to share knowledge and build trust.

Our engagement will be led by the Science and Innovation Network teams in our Embassies and High Commissions across the world. This engagement will include the UK’s regions and Devolved Administrations and the wider science and innovation communities. Our implementation will be guided by Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s advice on the UK’s future frameworks for international research and innovation collaboration, announced alongside this strategy. This advice will ensure our implementation aligns with this strategy’s goal for the UK to be the partner of choice for international research and innovation for the long term. It will also support the aims of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and in meeting our target of 2.4 per cent of GDP invested in R&D by 2027, and 3 per cent in the longer term.