The UK Government’s Plan for Growth puts research and innovation at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery and long-term growth. We therefore welcome the Government’s initiative to review and eliminate unnecessary research bureaucracy.

In our response to this review, we refer to evidence gathered by NCUB and the Universities Commercialisation and Innovation (UCI) Policy Unit, that showed that prior to the pandemic, the legal, regulatory and tax framework, were regularly cited as areas where business’ needs relating to research and development activities were not being fully met by 61% of respondents.

A further survey of universities conducted by the UCI and NCUB also showed that there were calls from universities for government to improve the flexibility, bureaucracy and terms of funding programmes to make it easier to develop effective funding proposals, invest coherently along the research-to-innovation pathway to ensure pull-through and translation of ideas into impacts, and attract the necessary partners.