The National Research and Innovation System in the United Kingdom: A Brief History




Research Policy, UK, Research and innovation


What is new?

This paper provides a walk through key elements and decisions in recent UK research and innovation policy, up to September 2023.

What was the approach?

The paper uses the relevant policy documents of the period, and draws on the author’s lived experience.

What is the academic impact?

The paper provides a context for other studies of Research Management and Administration, enabling other researchers to connect to relevant parts of policy development.

What is the wider impact?

The paper provides research management practitioners with the context in which policies are developed, and the interconnections that will influence future policies. It is a form of practitioner’s literature survey, albeit not comprehensive.

Author Biography

Ian Carter

Ian Carter has over 30 years’ experience in research management, across a range of topics and contexts.  He is now an independent consultant having worked for three universities and in the capital engineering industry. During his career he has served on a number of national committees, project boards and working groups, including for Research Councils UK, the Scottish and English Funding Councils, Universities UK, Jisc, and HESA, on topics such as full economic costing, grant management systems, open access, research careers, research assessment, and research information management. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Registered Technology Transfer Professional, a former chair of ARMA, a Distinguished Faculty of SRA International, and has been a non-executive director of four companies.  He has provided professional advice on all aspects of research management, including strategy, policy, organisational and operational management, and systems, to universities, funders and governments in the UK and elsewhere.




How to Cite

Carter, I. (2024). The National Research and Innovation System in the United Kingdom: A Brief History. Journal of Research Management and Administration, 3(1), 202403092.