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Pandemic sparked 18% jump in UKRI awards

Grant extensions and Covid-19 calls saw funder’s R&D spending rise by £530 million year on year

The number of grant awards supported by UK Research and Innovation in 2020-21 rose by almost a fifth compared with the previous year, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its annual report, the UK’s national research funder said it supported 17,629 active grants, an 18 per cent increase compared with 2019-20. The rise came about through a combination of grant extensions due to Covid-19 disruptions and new awards made during 2020-21.

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