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About Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a strategic partnership between the seven UK Research Councils. RCUK was established in 2002 to enable the Councils to work together more effectively to enhance the overall impact and effectiveness of their research, training and innovation activities, contributing to the delivery of the Government’s objectives for science and innovation.

RCUK adds value to individual Research Council activities by:

  • enabling dialogue about research priorities, facilitating an open and collective approach to investing in multidisciplinary research and training;
  • making it easier for Councils and external stakeholders to work together, promoting dialogue, collaboration and partnership;
  • articulating coherently the activities, views and opinions of the Research Councils to increase their collective visibility and policy influence;
  • working jointly with the academic community and other funders to provide more effective and efficient services for the research community, reducing the level of bureaucracy on researchers and university administrators;
  • improving Councils’ operational performance by sharing best practice and making efficiency gains to release more Science Budget resources for research.

Each of the Research Councils is an equal partner in RCUK, and each uses its best endeavours to identify and pursue opportunities for mutually beneficial joint working with one or more of the other Councils. Leadership of the partnership is provided by the Research Councils’ Chief Executives working together through the RCUK Executive Group.

The RCUK delivery plan sets out the Councils’ priorities for joint working.


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