Government Areas of Interest - new database launched
25 September 2023
Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) are specific topics or issues that the government is interested in. Researchers can use the database to identify pathways to align their own research with these priorities.
Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) are specific topics or issues that the government is interested in. They are a way for government organisations to indicate that they’re keen to hear research evidence or insights related to that area.
ARIs are wide-ranging and can cover anything from economic and social policy to international relations and national security. By identifying ARIs, the civil service can ensure that research efforts are targeted where evidence is most needed to inform policy decisions and improve government performance.
Through a partnership between Transforming Evidence, Government Office for Science and Overton, and supported by ESRC, a new database has been launched which houses government ARIs and is constantly updated with new questions and topics from government.
Researchers may search or browse the questions that government departments are seeking to answer, allowing them to find pathways to aligning their own research with these priorities.