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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 hosts meeting of heads of research councils from the G8
    From 10 to 12 July Research Councils UK (RCUK) is hosting a meeting between the heads of research councils from the G8. Now in its thirtieth year, the meeting is an opportunity to discuss research policy, funding and international cooperation.
    8 Jul 2011

  • G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding – new call
    The second call of the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research is now open. Proposals are invited on the topic of Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency.
    6 Jul 2011

  • Researchers in Residence
    From 13 January 2012 Research Councils UK (RCUK) will no longer fund the Researchers in Residence (RinR) scheme. Since the scheme’s inception 17 years ago the opportunities in the sector for researchers and schools to engage with each other have greatly increased.
    4 Jul 2011

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