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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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  • RCUK and HEFCE join forces on researcher skills development
    In an announcement made today by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have come together to strengthen their support for ensuring the development of world-class skills amongst research staff.
    30 May 2012

  • Big Ideas for the Future: Enhancing the University-Business relationship
    Today, 30th May, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) will be holding a major event bringing together senior representatives from the business and university sectors to discuss how the current successes in collaboration can be built on to ensure that further productive collaborations between UK researchers and business and industry.
    30 May 2012

  • Pathways to Impact Case Studies now available online
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) have today launched a number of best practice case studies online to help inspire applicants with the Pathways to Impact section of their application. Pathways to Impact encourage researchers to consider the sorts of activities that may help their research to have an impact.
    28 May 2012