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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.

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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  • Chancellor announces two new UK-China research partnerships
    During a visit to China, the Chancellor George Osborne today (17 January) announced two new UK Research Councils partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Joint funding with the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for research projects into smart energy grids and with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help the development of collaborative links between stem cell scientists in the UK and China.
    17 Jan 2012

  • RCUK Cutting Edge 2012 event series granted Inspire mark by London 2012 Inspire programme
    The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Cutting Edge 2012: The Research Behind Sport event series has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    12 Jan 2012

  • 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