The excellence question

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Science  20 Nov 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6519, pp. 886
DOI: 10.1126/science.abf7125


Five months ago, when I stepped into my new role as the chief executive officer of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) organization, a question loomed large for me: What is excellence? After all, UKRI is the major public funder of science in the United Kingdom, spending billions of taxpayer money every year. To spend this money well, UKRI must support a portfolio of truly excellent work. So, what then is excellence?

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