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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. 

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Research, development and innovation

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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.