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Research and innovation

The IOP promotes the benefits of physics R&D and the innovative technologies of tomorrow, and campaigns for a well-resourced, easy to navigate funding landscape.

The IOP promotes the benefits of physics-based research and development (R&D) and innovative technologies of tomorrow.

We campaign for a well-resourced funding landscape which is easy for for our researchers and businesses to navigate, and for knowledge to be accessible. 

Latest policy documents


  • November 2018 Supplementary evidence to the Commons Science and Technology Committee's quantum technologies inquiry (Download PDF, 93KB
  • March 2018 IOP submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on quantum technologies (Download PDF, 93KB

Research and development

  • June 2021 IOP response to HM Treasury’s R&D tax reliefs: consultation summary (Download PDF, 188KB)
  • February 2021 IOP welcomes ‘truly disruptive’ new science research agency
  • October 2020 IOP response to consultation on the scope of qualifying expenditures for R&D tax credits (Download PDF, 154KB)
  • August 2020 IOP submission to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's consultation on the Government's R&D Roadmap (Download PDF, 228KB
  • July 2020 IOP response to Science and Technology Committee inquiry on a new UK research funding agency (Download PDF, 409KB)
  • March 2019 IOP data brief: Funding of research in UK physics departments (Download PDF, 69KB)
  • November 2018 Letter to Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 physics sub-panel chair and deputy chair on sub-panel criteria and working methods (Download PDF, 178KB)
  • October 2018 Submission to the funding bodies' consultation on the draft guidance and criteria for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (Download PDF, 93KB)
  • November 2017 IOP submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the science budget and industrial strategy (Download PDF, 172KB

Open access to research

Physics is central to the UK and Irish economies. Whether through the application of novel research and technologies, or through the skills and abilities of physics-trained workers, physics drives businesses and innovation.

The IOP assesses and reviews the role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity, through assessing its economic value.

Read our physics and the economy reports.