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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 SSC Ltd finalists in 2011 National Business Awards
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the news that the RCUK SSC Ltd has won a place among the 2011 National Business Awards finalists.
    2 Aug 2011

  • RCUK, HEFCE and UUK joint statement on impact
    Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities UK (UUK) today (21 July) issued a joint statement on impact. The statement recognises the range of benefits that come from excellent research and states a commitment to continue working together to build on that excellence.
    21 Jul 2011

  • Report of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) today (13 July) released the report of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group. It sets out the findings and recommendations of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group into the activities and recommendations put forward by the 2009 RCUK International Review of e-Science and the 2010 report Delivering the UK’s e-Infrastructure for Research and Innovation.
    13 Jul 2011

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