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Our Impacts & Achievements

Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter. It creates very tangible impacts across many aspects of our daily life – from innovative cancer treatments to clean energy and our cultural heritage.

We deliver frontier research in Particle Physics, Astronomy and Space Science and Nuclear Physics through activities at UK universities, in our national laboratories and a range of long-term collaborative projects.

We are one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations, supporting scientists and engineers to perform high-quality, world-leading research. We operate world-class, large-scale research facilities including lasers, accelerators, neutron and muon sources, synchrotron light sources and free electron lasers, scientific computing, and atmospheric and space science facilities. We also manage the UK access to large-scale facilities in other countries: for example, CERN, membership of which has produced highly significant scientific, technological, commercial, societal and diplomatic benefits.

We collaborate extensively with industry, and the long-term R&D that we support helps to advance sectors that contribute billions of pounds annually to the UK economy, including space, digital communications, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics and physics-based manufacturing. Amongst other things, this enables us to support the government’s Industrial Strategy, including its commitment to raising total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

We are able to achieve an extraordinary breadth of impact, which we monitor and evaluate in terms of our Delivery Plan and against the strategic priorities set out the UKRI Delivery Plan 2019. For more on the impact of our work, please follow the links below and in the right-hand column:

Contact: Evidence & Impact

Last updated: 16 July 2020


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