In turn, policymakers have a chance to meaningfully engage and feed into the research that academics do. Policymakers and governments are a large source of funding of high-quality, independent and reputable research, and the UK and the EU are global leaders in supporting academic research. Beyond funding, policymakers are vital in working with academics to ensure that the research they do is societally relevant and useful. New policy approaches like co-creation - where various stakeholders are brought together to develop and create a mutually-beneficial outcome – help to directly link the work of policymakers with the work of researchers. In order for scientific research to remain an integral part of society, it is vital that this link between science, industry and policymakers is maintained.