Science and Innovation Strategy 2014

Closed 12 Sep 2014

Opened 25 Jul 2014

Results updated 22 Jan 2015

This consultation helped to develop the government’s plan for a world-class science and research infrastructure set out in the science and innovation strategy.



Later this year, the government will publish a new science and innovation Strategy. Economic growth is fuelled by investment in science and innovation.  Our ambition is for the UK to be the best place in the world to do science and the most attractive place to start, finance and grow an innovative business.

To help us realise that ambition, our strategy will cover a number of areas:

  • Supporting businesses to invest in research and development;
  • Using our science and innovation systems to support small and medium businesses;
  • Ensuring that we have the right balance of skills in the economy;
  • Enabling more young people to study science and technology, and recognise the range of careers available by doing so;
  • Creating high quality jobs in the UK;
  • Investing in high quality research projects and making the most of our higher education system.

For the last six months, we have been working collaboratively with stakeholders from the science and research, higher education, innovation and business communities, gathering evidence of what works in practice and what people in industry, academia and elsewhere need to help them innovate.  Gathering that evidence means that our strategy will be based on strong foundations.

We’ve already heard the views of a range of groups and individuals on how we spend our research capital budget. Now we want to hear from you to help shape the rest of our strategy. If you’d like to share your ideas for developing the strategy, then please do send us your views. Our email address is one of the routes you can use to submit your views and contribution to the Science and Innovation Strategy. Alternatively, you can also input by answering the questions in our online survey.


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • HR professionals
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Universities
  • Scientists
  • Researchers
  • Innovation community
  • Individual


  • Science funding
  • Science (STEM) skills
  • Innovation
  • R&D
  • Business investment