The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson has today confirmed Sir Mark Walport’s appointment as Chief Executive designate of UK Research and Innovation.
Sir Mark will now work closely with the UKRI Chair Sir John Kingman and the research and innovation communities across the UK to shape the new organisation over the coming months, delivering on the Industrial Strategy proposals for investing in science, research and innovation in the UK.
UKRI Chief Executive Designate Sir Mark Walport said:
“I am honoured to be appointed as the first Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). My ambition is to make UKRI the world’s leading research and innovation public funding agency.
I look forward to working closely with the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as we work together to create UKRI. I also look forward to working closely with all of our research and innovation communities to provide a strong and coherent voice for UK science and innovation.”
In addition, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has today announced £15m of government grants to back 125 cutting-edge research and development projects across the country. This is further to the launch of the Industrial Strategy last week.
Projects receiving funding cover a wide range of themes including rapid charging for electric vehicles, 3-D printing and drone technology, with each concept designed to help businesses develop new products, processes and services with commercial potential.