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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 Welcomes NESTA Report on Research Innovation in India
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes a new report from NESTA, Our Frugal Future: Lessons from India’s Innovation System, which explores the policies, institutions and industries that are driving research and innovation in India.
    18 Jul 2012

  • RCUK announces new Open Access policy
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 16th July 2012, unveiled its new Open Access policy. Informed by the work of the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Professor Dame Janet Finch, the policy at once harmonises and makes significant changes to existing Research Councils’ Open Access policies.
    16 Jul 2012

  • Research roadmap paves the way for UK synthetic biology
    Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, was presented with a Synthetic Biology Roadmap today which provides the vision and direction for supporting a world-leading synthetic biology community in the UK.
    13 Jul 2012