To understand how the events of 2020/21 have impacted business’ innovation activities,  the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and the University Commercialisation and Innovation (UCI) Policy Evidence Unit at the University of Cambridge conducted two surveys, one of business leaders and one of university leaders.

Our new report, entitled Innovation and Resilience in a Crisis: the Impact of Covid-19 on Business R&D, sets out the findings of a survey of business leaders, investigating specifically the impact of Covid-19 on businesses’ R&D and innovation activities and their collaborations with universities.

The findings show that during the first national lockdown 81% of businesses reported delays or stoppages to research while 12% of businesses had to stop research activity altogether.