There are huge opportunities within the wider Digital Economy, with technology advancing at a very rapid rate. The Research Councils UK Digital Economy programme is working to ensure that these opportunities will benefit the UK, its people and its economy. We have invested over £100 million since April 2008, in some of the best UK research in this area.
This investment will lead to the creation of new industries, businesses, jobs and commercial opportunities in the future. The outputs of the research will also have a positive impact on society and on our quality of life.
The Research Councils UK Digital Economy programme is generating the skilled researchers and future leaders who are required for the UK to take advantage of the opportunities in the Digital Economy. For example, there are over 90 PhD students already enrolled at the Centres for Doctoral Training. These students come from a wide range of backgrounds from psychology to electrical engineering, and they are being trained in a multi-disciplinary environment to address the challenges of the future.
Learn more about our Public Engagement, Writing your Pathways to Impact and Responsible Innovation (Ethics).
RCUK Digital Economy Impact Review
EPSRC, on behalf of the UK Research Councils, conducted a review of the impact of RCUK-supported digital economy research in May 2012. The review focused on the entire Research Councils’ digital economy portfolio, not just on the research and training supported by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme. Further details are available here.
Writing your Pathways to Impact
All applicants to the Research Councils have to complete an Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact . These documents outline potential economic and societal impacts of the intended research and the associated activities to achieve this.
We are always interested to hear about the impact of our investments and welcome suggestions for case studies where our sponsored research has led to real value for the UK. Please contact Ruth Slade via our contacts page for further information.