We are the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing around £740 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.
We operate to meet the needs of industry and society by working in partnership with universities to invest in people and scientific discovery and innovation. The knowledge and expertise gained maintains a technological leading edge, builds a strong economy and improves people's quality of life.
Our work is complementary to other research investors including other research councils, government agencies, industry and the European Union. We actively engage in and encourage partnerships and collaborations across disciplines, boundaries and the world.
We also actively promote public engagement in science, engineering and technology.