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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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  • New film Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Sailing highlights exciting research behind sport
    A new Research Councils UK (RCUK) film highlights the next in a series of events about the research behind sport that is helping maximise UK athletes’ potential for top results at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Sailing was an opportunity for members of the public to question both the cutting-edge researchers and high-achieving athletes.
    4 Jul 2012

  • LARCI funders welcome report on maintaining vital relationships
    The funders of the Local Authorities Research Council Initiative (LARCI) welcome the report by Dr Clive Grace, Partners in Impact? The national and local imperative to join up research and local government post-LARCI. The report confirms that maintaining the relationship between the research community and local government is of real importance, and that there is appetite for this on both sides.
    2 Jul 2012

  • RCUK welcomes announcement of new Centre to strengthen university / business relationships
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HFECE) announcement today of a new National Centre for Universities and Business.
    26 Jun 2012