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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.

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We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, business, government, and charitable organisations.

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  • RCUK Impact Report 2011 highlights how the Research Councils are maximising the impact of UK research
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (4 January) published the RCUK Impact Report 2011 which complements the impact reports prepared by the individual Research Councils for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
    4 Jan 2012

  • 2011: A year with RCUK
    Over the last year, the Research Councils have invested in new schemes, partnerships, people and facilities to increase the impact of UK research. 2011: A year with RCUK is a celebration of just some of the impressive activities the Research Councils have led and supported
    4 Jan 2012