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


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


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


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 Government Office for Science via:

Departments' Areas of Research Interest

  1. MHCLG areas of research interest
  2. DCMS Areas of Research Interest
  3. Department for Education Areas of Research Interest
  4. DWP Areas of Research Interest
  5. DIT areas of research interest 2017 to 2018
  6. Ministry of Defence area of research interest
  7. Cabinet Office Areas of Research Interest 2017/18
  8. BEIS: areas of research interest
  9. FCO areas of research interest 2017 to 2018
  10. DfT areas of research interest 2016 to 2017
  11. Defra group areas of research interest
  12. Ministry of Justice: 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 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Areas of Research Interest.
  2. Added the Department for Education's Areas of Research Interest.
  3. Added Health and Safety Executive (HSE) areas of research interest.
  4. DIT, DWP and MOD Areas of Research Interest added.
  5. Cabinet Office ARIs added
  6. BEIS ARI added.
  7. FCO areas of research interests added
  8. Added DH areas of research interest.
  9. Added DfT ARI
  10. Added the FSA's ARI
  11. First published.