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There are seven Research Councils, established under Royal Charter. The Department of Trade and Industry has statutory control of the Councils, supported by the Director General of Science and Innovation, Sir Keith O’Nions, in the Office of Science and Innovation (OSI).
Council members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who is answerable to Parliament for the Councils’ activities.
The UK Research Councils are:
On 1 April 2007, PPARC and CCLRC merged to form the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Further information about the Research Councils and their activities can be found on the Research Councils UK (RCUK) website.
In particular, RCUK produces a regular research newsletter collating the latest stories from across the Research Councils, highlighting the exciting developments taking place in Government-funded research today.