Feb 15, 2019
In 2016, the UK government established a new research funding body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). RAND Europe was commissioned to review the evidence on organisational design and governance to help inform UKRI's structure. This report synthesises the evidence relating to best practice in design and governance; identifies lessons from different organisational models for distributing research funding; and provides a UK context to the analysis.
In 2016, the UK government set out plans for a new body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which will bring together the seven research councils, Innovate UK, and the research functions currently performed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). UKRI will be a Non-Departmental Public Body acting as an overarching research funder. A key consideration for this new funding body will be the design of its structures and governance, so as to best advance its ultimate objectives. To inform the structure and governance of such a body, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when the report was commissioned), commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a study to review the international evidence on best practice in organisational design and governance for a research funding body? This report synthesises the existing evidence relating to best practice in establishing strong and accountable organisations and governance structures; identifies lessons from the strengths and weaknesses of different organisational models for distributing research funding; and provides a UK context to the analysis.
Summary of the evidence base
Insights from an integrated evidence base
Conclusion: Applying the analytical framework in practice
Literature review methodology