The European Structural and Investment Funds – Contribution to UK research and innovation

Learned Society of Wales, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Irish Academy and the British Academy
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Proposed UK government research and innovation funding should, at the very least, equal the sum of existing expenditure from all sources following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, a new report recommends.

The Learned Society of Wales, the British Academy the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Irish Academy have published an explainer, outlining the vital role that European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) play in supporting research and innovation throughout the UK.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the EU’s instrument for supporting economic development in the regions across the EU, with the aim of reducing inequalities and increasing cohesion.

The European Structural and Investment Funds – Contribution to UK research and innovation examines:

  • how the European Structural and Investment Funds support UK research and innovation;
  • the impact of current European Regional Development Funding;
  • how the funding is allocated and administered;
  • what the government’s proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund could look like.

The €2.6 billion ESIF has provided to UK research and innovation in the last seven years, including UK co-financing, equates to around £375 million per annum in investment.