UKRO's Mission and Objectives


The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Operating on a membership basis, it delivers a subscription-based advisory service for UK research organisations, offering a unique partnership between its subscribers and UKRI. 

UKRO is renowned for its UK National Contact Point services which provide dedicated support to the UK research and innovation community on behalf of the UK Government.

UKRO's mission, main objectives and services are set out in the UKRO Strategic Plan and Services leaflet.

Our Mission

To maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities by:

  • Enabling UKRI and subscribers to confidently navigate and make informed decisions about participating in EU programmes, while helping them to fully exploit all available opportunities.
  • Supporting continued UK engagement with European research, innovation and higher education policy developments by informing, advising and liaising with the appropriate bodies both in the UK and the EU.
  • Delivering a set of unique, specialised and agile services which meet the evolving needs of our UK subscribers, we provide continuity and a home in Brussels for them and their international colleagues.

Our Objectives

  • To provide continuity through a tailored suite of informative services on funding opportunities and policy developments to subscribers that enable them to make informed decisions, reducing barriers to participation, and supporting them on their funding journey.
  • To work in partnership with UKRI and UKRO’s subscribers to ensure our services are responsive and agile enough to address their evolving needs and deliver clear added value to the UK research community.
  • To maintain UKRO’s excellent reputation as a provider of advice and information on EU’s research, innovation and higher education programming and policy, and as a leading facilitator of dialogue between the UK research funding and performing community, UK Government, EU institutions and Brussels-based stakeholder organisations.
  • To maintain and strengthen UKRO’s policy-monitoring role, working in collaboration with colleagues across UKRI, to agree priorities and enable conversations which ensure rapid, effective responses to emerging policy and programming issues.
  • To continue the delivery of quality National Contact Point services for the entire UK research community, on behalf of the UK Government.