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Inquiry: The role of technology, research and innovation in the COVID-19 recovery

The IET will respond on various issues, including opportunities that can be established, challenges which lay ahead and how broadly research and innovation has been affected. In particular, the IET will look to answer the following questions:

  • What role can technology, research and innovation play in supporting the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and how can it best be supported in this?
  • Does the current or post-COVID situation lead to any particular opportunities or challenges for economic growth driven by technology, research and innovation??
  • What lessons can be learnt from the role of technology, research and innovation in recoveries from previous economic downturns, and how relevant are these to the current situation?
  • How have research and innovation in UK universities, businesses and other settings been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how might they be affected by any lasting changes post-COVID?
  • How effective have measures adopted by the Government to support research and innovation, such as the support packages for innovative firms and university researchers, and the ‘Ministerial University Research and Knowledge Exchange Sustainability Taskforce’, been??
  • In the context of the Government’s ‘Research and Development Roadmap’, what shorter-term measures can best support UK research and innovation in recovering from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to the post-COVID environment?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

This consultation is now closed for comment.