Collection

Areas of research interest

Areas of research interest (ARI) give details about the main research questions facing government departments.

ARI also include information on:

  • departmental research systems
  • research and data publication policies
  • research and development strategies

Background

In response to the 2015 Nurse review of the UK Research Councils, the government accepted the review’s recommendation to provide:

  • a more strategic approach to departmental research and development programmes
  • a more sophisticated dialogue with academia
  • documents that set out the most important research questions facing each department

Aims

ARI aim to improve how government departments:

  • align scientific and research evidence from academia with policy development and decision-making
  • access a wide range of suppliers
  • engage with researchers
  • access stronger policy evidence bases at better value for money
  • share research commissions

Feedback

If you are interested in working with a department on a research question, please use the contact details within the relevant ARI.

If you have general comments to make on the format of the ARIs, please contact the Government Office for Science.

Departments' Areas of Research Interest

  1. FCO areas of research interest (ARI) 2020: coronavirus (COVID-19) update
  2. BEIS areas of research interest: interim update 2020
  3. Home Office: areas of research interest
  4. DfT areas of research interest
  5. Cabinet Office Areas of Research Interest 2019
  6. DWP Areas of Research Interest 2019
  7. MHCLG areas of research interest
  8. DCMS Areas of Research Interest
  9. Ministry of Justice: areas of research interest
  10. Department for Education Areas of Research Interest
  11. DIT areas of research interest 2017 to 2018
  12. Ministry of Defence area of research interest
  13. Cabinet Office Areas of Research Interest 2017/18
  14. BEIS areas of research interest: 2017 to 2018
  15. FCO areas of research interest 2017 to 2018
  16. Department of Health areas of research interest
  17. Defra group areas of research interest

Non ministerial departments' Areas of Research Interest

  1. Food Standards Agency: Areas of Research Interest
Published 28 June 2017
Last updated 2 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added FCO coronavirus update and BEIS interim update 2020

  2. Added Home Office: areas of research interest document.

  3. Added DfT areas of research interest 2019.

  4. Added 'Cabinet Office Areas of Research Interest 2019'.

  5. Added 'DWP Areas of Research Interest 2019'.

  6. National Archives areas of research interest added.

  7. Added the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Areas of Research Interest.

  8. Added the Department for Education's Areas of Research Interest.

  9. Added Health and Safety Executive (HSE) areas of research interest.

  10. DIT, DWP and MOD Areas of Research Interest added.

  11. Cabinet Office ARIs added

  12. BEIS ARI added.

  13. FCO areas of research interests added

  14. Added DH areas of research interest.

  15. Added DfT ARI

  16. Added the FSA's ARI

  17. First published.