The Science and Innovation Network was established by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2000 in response to the growing importance of science, technology and innovation for our future
From the outset it was a cross-Government network, supporting a wide range of customers across Government and beyond. In 2007-08, the FCO and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) strongly endorsed the work of the Network and its cross-Government role, and agreed that they would jointly fund the Network. They also agreed that DIUS would host a joint FCO/DIUS team to manage and task the Network.
The Network undertakes a wide variety of work and is one of the ways that Government demonstrates its commitment to a global platform for UK science.
Further information about the Network and the sort of work we do can be found in the latest Annual Report.
The Network’s purpose is to:
promote scientific expertise
strengthen UK innovation
inform effective policymaking and leadership
- use science and innovation as an influencing tool