As part of a wider project to build a comprehensive picture of the research and innovation landscape, the Research Councils are working with key organisations to identify a wide range of datasets and how they can be better exploited to help maintain and develop the UK’s excellence in research and innovation.
The High-Level Landscape Mapping Group, made up of representatives from the Research Councils, Innovate UK, HEFCE, and others, published a report in February 2016 as a first step in refining and bringing together datasets that can be used and exploited further to inform strategic decision-making and enable funders to identify how future funding could be targeted to achieve the best value for money. In order to exploit areas where the UK could have increased global comparative advantage, we need to improve the UK’s capability to identify where existing and emerging research excellence can be coupled with innovation strength.
The report provides a short guide to the main existing datasets and how they could be developed in the future, along with the challenges in using them. By bringing these datasets together, funders and other users will be able to provide robust evidence to support the case for appropriately-resourced research and innovation in the UK.
The report sets out the next stage in this collaboration, including the development of a five-year plan with the following initial practical objectives:
The High-Level Landscape Mapping Group are keen to gain feedback on the utility of the report we and more broadly the vision of the Group in bringing datasets together to present a comprehensive picture of the research and innovation landscape. Questions from the group include:
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