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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 additional funding for science and research
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes additional Government investment in research infrastructure and in particular the announcement today of a number of new university and business research partnerships, allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF).
    1 Nov 2012

  • RCUK welcomes Higher Education Commission report into postgraduate education
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the final report of the Higher Education Commission’s independent inquiry into postgraduate education. RCUK supports excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK.
    31 Oct 2012

  • RCUK publishes more Pathways to Impact case studies
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published a number of additional best practice case studies online to help applicants to realise the impact of their research and to provide guidance with completing the Pathways to Impact section of their application.
    24 Oct 2012