Policy and funding

Physics: investing in our future – powering the new industrial era

Our research and development (R&D) blueprint will ensure the UK secures a leading role in developing key scientific technologies, and through this harvests the substantial societal and economic benefits such leadership offers.

The IOP’s ambition is to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that will further innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

Our research and development (R&D) blueprint will set out how the supporting pillars of the R&D system can be strengthened, and the conditions and policy environment for R&D improved, so that the UK and Ireland are able to realise the full societal and economic benefits of the new industrial era.

We will recommend specific actions which can be taken by policymakers and funders to enable more, and more impactful, physics R&D to take place in the coming years.

Development process

We have already generated a suite of evidence and fresh insights about the impacts of physics on the economies of the UK and Ireland, what is driving R&D and the demand for physics skills and knowledge, and what is holding back increases in R&D investment. 

This includes evidence on:

In 2022, we will be generating further insights into future technology-driven skills needs and the role of foreign direct investment in R&D, as well as conducting reviews of facilities and innovation centres.

Share your views

We want to hear your views on the changes that are needed to transform the physics R&D landscape. We previously invited anyone with an interest in UK physics R&D to complete our survey. A separate survey on the R&D landscape in Ireland will be launched later in 2022.


An initial version of the UK blueprint will be published in autumn 2022 and the Ireland blueprint will follow later in the year. This will focus on the highest priority actions identified in consultation with the community.

However, we intend to expand and update the blueprints regularly to monitor progress and reflect changes in the external landscape.

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