In February 2006 the Director General of Science and Innovation invited Mr Peter Warry, the Chair of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, to establish a group of experts drawn from academia, business, and the Research Councils to advise him on how Research Councils could deliver - and demonstrate they are delivering - a major increase in the economic impact of their investments. This group gathered views from a variety of stakeholders (including the Research Councils ), and published its report in August 2006.
The Report celebrates the Research Councils' achievements and makes clear that they are starting from a position of strength. But it also challenges Research Councils to go further, by achieving and demonstrating a step change in the economic impact of our investments. Warry's recommendations covered three strategic areas: leadership; influence; and engagement.