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Welcome to Research Councils UK

Welcome to the website for Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.

Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

Our focus is on excellence with impact. We nurture the highest quality research, as judged by international peer review providing the UK with a competitive advantage. Global research requires we sustain a diversity of funding approaches, fostering international collaborations, and providing access to the best facilities and infrastructure, and locating skilled researchers in stimulating environments. Our research achieves impact – the demonstrable contribution to society and the economy made by knowledge and skilled people.

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  • RCUK welcomes new Intellectual Property guide for universities
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the new Intellectual Asset Management for Universities guide launched today (19 May) by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
    19 May 2011

  • RCUK response to the Hargreaves Review
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the findings of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, published today (18th May). The review looks at how the Intellectual Property Framework contributes to growth and identifies barriers.
    18 May 2011

  • RCUK welcomes Royal Society openness in science study
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the launch of the new Royal Society study on the use of scientific information. Science as a public enterprise: opening up scientific information will look at how scientific information can be best managed to improve the quality of research and build public trust.
    13 May 2011

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