Welcome message - Sir Mark Walport and Sir John Kingman

Dear candidate,

We are delighted that you are interested in becoming a member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Councils.

We are at one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in the history of global enterprise. Powered by new technologies, the way we live and work is being transformed across the world at an unparalleled pace. The United Kingdom is uniquely well-placed to benefit from and take its part in leading this new industrial revolution. We are an open and enterprising economy, built on invention, innovation and competition. Our universities and research institutions are amongst the best in the world, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has a vital and strategically important role in this.

Through leading the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding in the UK, the organisation is pushing the frontiers of human knowledge and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy, through world-class research and business-led innovation.

UKRI was established a year ago through a joining of seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. With an annual budget of £7.5 billion a year to fund ground-breaking research and new enterprise growth, our combined strength and cross cutting capabilities mean we play a critical part in delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy. This will require us to become much more interventionist, flexible and agile as an organisation, with the risk appetite needed to seize new opportunities.

Each of the nine Councils have Council members who play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance. Council members are tasked to provide input, intelligence and feedback from their communities and stakeholder groups.

They work closely with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

We are seeking candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including leaders from industry, academia and government. We want to ensure that the Councils encompass and benefit from diversity of perspectives, expertise and experiences.

Once again thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you at a later stage of the process.

Sir Mark Walport

Sir John Kingman

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