Freedom of information (FOI) releases from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

This is a disclosure log of UK Research and Innovation's responses to freedom of information (FOI) or environmental information regulations (EIR) requests that might be of wider public interest.

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  1. Request Received: 3 April 2024

    Please provide any risk assessments you have carried out or were provided to you in relation to STFC Hartree Centre's agreement with Lenovo for a new supercomputer, which you have announced on March 26, 2024.

    Published: 10 June 2024

  2. Request Received: 7 March 2024

    Clarification Received: 28 March 2024

    Please advise:

    1. The estimated total number of acres of land that you own.

    2. The estimated total number of acres that you own which are not in operational use.

    3. The annual spending on managing and maintaining your property estate in the financial year 2022/23. Please provide a breakdown.

    4. The number of empty homes you currently own.

    5. The number of empty buildings you currently own that are not homes.

    Please provide a copy of your [land and buildings] asset register.

    Published: 10 June 2024

  3. Request Received: 28 March 2024

    If the information is available and you are able to share it could you please answer the following requests:

    For Smart Grants September 2023, by stream:

    1. The total number of submitted applications

    2. The number of assessed applications

    3. The number of successful applications

    4. The success rate

    5. the minimum successful score

    6. the maximum successful score

    7. maximum score of failed applications

    8. average grant fund value per project

    9. the score distributions of the applications (e.g. % (or number) of applications which scored <70, 71-75, 76-80, 81-85, 86+)

    10. the count of applications by innovation area

    11. the count of successful projects by innovation area

    12. The number of successful projects that were a consortium of 2 partners

    13. The number of successful projects that were a consortium of 3+ partners

    14. The number of successful projects which included a university or research partner

    15. The number of applications which included a university or research partner

    16. the number of 1) applications and 2) successful projects with total project cost within £100k increments

    17. I would also like to request the number of unsuccessful applications, if any, which scored above the minimum funded score, please.

    Published: 10 June 2024

  4. Request Received: 2 April 2024

    I would be very grateful if you could please provide the below information on the [Innovate UK Smart Grants: September 2023] competition for both:

    a)Stream 1 projects (6-18 months duration, eligible project costs between £100K-£500K), and;

    b)Stream 2 projects (19-36 months duration, total eligible project costs between £100K-£2M).

    The information I would like to request is as follows:

    1. The total number of applications submitted and the number of those that were assessed (i.e. deemed eligible for funding);

    2. The overall number of applications awarded funding and a breakdown of how many of these were first-time applications and how many were resubmissions;

    3. The total number of applications within each innovation area and the number of those that were successful in each area;

    4. The average grant request and project size of the applications successfully awarded funding;

    5. The funding thresholds and average scores of successful applications;

    6. The percentages of successful applications that were Industrial Research and Experimental Development;

    7. The number of successful Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects that were (i) single applicant/partner, (ii) 2 partners, (iii) 3+ partner;

    8. The total funding allocated in this competition round.

    9. How many projects awarded went to project set up.

    Published: 10 June 2024

  5. Request Received: 13 May 2024

    I request to know the information for the years 2022 (01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022) and 2023 (01/01/2023 to 31/12/2023).

    1. Did the MRC experiments on animals?

    2. How many animals were used in experiments(species & number of each)?

    3. How many animals were bred on the premises (species & number of each)?

    4. What was the nature and outcome of these experiments?

    5. What are the Home Office licence classifications for these experiments in terms of pain, lasting harm, etc. if classified (species & number of each)?

    6. How many animals were killed without being used for experiments (species & the number of each)?

    7. How many animals were rehomed (species & number of each)?

    8. Of those that were not re-homed, why not?

    9. Does the MRC receive an income for performing animal research?

    10. Does the MRC incur any costs by performing animal research?

    11. Were there more non-animal research methods used than animal methods? Eg. 70% where non-animal models were used and 30% where animal models were used.

    12. Which non-animal research methods are available at the MRC? Eg. 3D printing, human skin cells, organ-on-a­chip.

    Published: 10 June 2024

  6. Request Received: 22 March 2024

    I am wondering if you have data on how long STFC-funded students take to complete their PhD.

    I would like data from 2010 onwards, for Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics PhD students, funded by the STFC, the start date of their program, submission date and the date they had their viva (Or just the number of months from start to completion of the entire PhD program), as well as how long the student was provided funding.

    Based on the STFC student survey annual report, data is collected on students' opinion on "Do you think have sufficient time within the funded duration of your studentship to complete your PhD, including writing up?". It would be useful to also have data for those who answered this question, along with what duration these students were funded for (i.e. answers to the question 'How long is funded period?').

    Published: 3 June 2024

  7. Request Received: 8 February 2024

    This FOI request relates to the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) and/ or Large Language Models (LLMs) against people's data as part of research funded by UKRI, including its seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

    • The request covers 1st January 2020 to the current date.

    • It includes grants that have been awarded and proposals approved for award which are not yet public or have yet to have contracts completed - collectively referred to as 'awards'/ 'funded research' herein.

    • 'People's data' herein encompasses participant data gathered as part of the funded research, secondary data analysis involving human participants' data, and data available online about individuals - for example, via social media platforms and public records that are visible online.

    • 'Assessment process' refers to the funder's process of assessing a submitted proposal for funding.

    Answers should be provided (i) at UKRI level, and (ii) broken down by Research Council - i.e. - AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, MRC, NERC, Research England, STFC.

    1) How many awards include plans to use GenAI/ LLMs against people's data?

    2) Which UK universities hold awards as the lead institution on funded research involving the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data?

    3) What methodological approaches have been described to the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data as part of funded research? - for example, generating new data from existing participant data, writing reports, analysis of qualitative data.

    Data management plans

    4) For awards that document the planned use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data:

    a) What percentage of awards reflect this use in the associated data management plan?

    b) Is the data management plan explicitly reviewed in relation to the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data as part of the assessment process? If so, please provide a high-level summary of this review process.

    c) If data management plans are not explicitly reviewed in relation to the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data, what plans exist to introduce this review process in future?

    Ethics and responsible research and innovation (Ethics & RRI)

    5) For awards that document the planned use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data:

    a) What percentage of awards consider Ethics and RRI in relation to this use within the application?

    b) Are Ethics and RRI explicitly reviewed in relation to the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data as part of the assessment process? If so, please provide a high-level summary of this review process.

    c) If Ethics and RRI are not explicitly reviewed in relation to the use of GenAI/ LLMs against people's data, what plans exist to introduce this review process in future?

    Published: 3 June 2024

  8. Request Received: 2 February 2024

    Please provide me with:

    1. The amount of any funding provided to Stonewall, or any subsidiary of Stonewall, in the following financial years:

    * 2022/23.

    * 2023/24 up to the date this request is processed. Please, where possible, indicate when these payments were made by date.

    2. Please specify whether the funding in 1 above has been in the form of:

    * Direct grants for unlimited purposes.

    * Direct grants for limited purposes (in that event, stating the purpose).

    * Payment for goods or services (specifying the relevant goods and services).

    Clarification Requested: 6 February 2024

    Please could you provide the names of the Stonewall subsidiaries.

    Clarification Received: 5 March 2024

    Stonewall also trades as Stonewall Equality Limited

    Published: 3 June 2024

  9. Request Received: 12 February 2024

    Further to helpful discussions with [redacted] and [redacted] of Innovate UK, please could you provide the following information for Innovate UK for the most recent financial reporting year: 2022/23

    (i) total operating expenditure

    (ii) A breakdown of this expenditure under the following headings - expenditure on staff, purchase of goods and services, and depreciation and impairment charges

    - core funding to Catapults

    - R&D (ie project) grants to Catapult

    - other funding to Catapults, if any

    - R&D grants to companies (excluding grants that are made as part of investor partnerships)

    - R&D grants to companies made as part of investor partnerships

    - R&D grants to universities

    - R&D grants to charities

    - R&D grants to other types of organisation - SBRI contracts funded by Innovate UK

    - Other Innovate UK funding to companies under Public Procurement of Innovation, if any

    - Knowledge Transfer Partnersips

    - KTNs

    - Other (with any major categories identified)

    (iii) Additional funding for 2022/23 under the SBRI/Public Procurement of Innovation headings provided by government departments and agencies BUT managed by Innovate UK, with a breakdown by department/agency

    (iv) Additional funding for 2022/23 under other headings provided by government departments and agencies BUT managed by Innovate UK, with a breakdown by department/agency

    (v) If possible, any comments on major changes expected in coming years in this pattern:

    - total Innovate UK expenditure and breakdown of total expenditure

    - funding from other deprtments/agencies but managed by Innovate Uk

    An email reply with attachments is preferred

    Published: 3 June 2024

  10. Request Received: 2 February 2024

    I would like to submit a new FOI request.

    All or some of the information provided previously has expired, I require an update on the questions below.

    See my request below:

    Contract 1 - Telephony/Voice Services (Analogue, ISDN VOIP, SIP, Cloud)

    1.Telephony/Voice Services Provider- Please can you provide me with the name of the supplier for each contract.

    2. Telephony/Voice Services Spend - Please can you provide me with the annual spend

    3.Telephony/Voice Services - Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year are also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract, please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier, please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers

    4.Telephony/Voice Services - Contract Duration- the number of years the contract is for each provider, please also include any contract extensions.

    5.Telephony/Voice Services - Type of Lines - Please can you split the type of lines and users per each supplier? PSTN, Analogue, SIP, ISDN, VOIP, Cloud

    6.Telephony/Voice Services Number of Lines / Channels / SIP Trunks/ Cloud based users- Please can you split the number of lines per each supplier? SIP trunks/connections, PSTN, Analogue, ISDN

    Contract 2 - Incoming and Outgoing of call services.

    6.Minutes/Landline Provider- Supplier's name (NOT Mobiles) if there is no information available, please can you provide further insight into why?

    7.Minutes/Landline Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract, please provide me with the rolling date of the contract.

    8.Minutes Landline Monthly Spend- Monthly average spend on calls for each provider. An estimate or average is acceptable. If SIP services, please provide me with the cost of services per month.

    9.Minute's Landlines Contract Duration- the number of years the contract is for each provider, please also include any contract extensions.

    10.Number of Extensions- Please state the number of telephone extensions the organisation currently has. An estimate or average is acceptable.

    Contract 3 - The organisation's broadband provider.

    11.Broadband Provider- Supplier's name if there is not information available, please can you provide further insight into why?

    12.Broadband expiry l Date- please provide day, month, and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract, please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier, please split the expiry dates up into however many suppliers

    13.Broadband Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each broadband provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

    Contract 4 - Contracts relating to Wide Area Network [WAN] services, this could also include HSCN network services.

    14. WAN Provider- please provide me with the main supplier(s) if there is no information available, please can you provide further insight into why?

    15.WAN Contract expiry Date- please provide day, month, and year (month and year are also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract, please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier, please split the expiry dates up into however many suppliers

    16.Contract Description: Please can you provide me with a brief description for each contract

    17.The number of sites: Please state the number of sites the WAN covers. Approx. will do.

    18. WAN Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each WAN provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

    19.For each WAN contract can you please provide me with information on how this was procured, especially around those procurement that used frameworks, please provide me with the framework reference.

    20.Internal Contact: please can you send me their full contact details including contact number and email and job title for all the contracts above.

    Published: 3 June 2024