In this webinar, we shared the results of an analysis made during April and May 2021, in which we attempted to document the likely impact on the sustainability agenda from competitive research grants.

Grants awarded by Britain’s UKRI funder group over a 10 year period were analysed using Digital Science’s SDG classification technology to assess how many were associated with research in support of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further, resulting publications from the same grants were analysed in the same way, to establish if and to what extent they addressed the same SDGs.

In addition to the results from the analysis carried out, we also shared results from the classification work itself, to demonstrate how the classification technology is able to capture sustainability related research terminology.

While classification of research articles by sustainable development goals is becoming more common, the purpose of the analysis was also to see how useful the application of the same technology would be to research grants; arguably the starting point for most public research today and a critical factor for scientifically supported sustainability developments.