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RCUK Framework

Theme logoPublic investment in research makes certain that the UK is able to compete in the global economy. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is ensuring that the UK is a world leader in a global market. RCUK confirms that our research excellence and relevance today, positions the nation strongly to seize tomorrow's opportunities.

This is our framework for the future. RCUK working in partnership cultivates the essential research and skills to provide the bedrock for the UK to have a productive economy, healthy society and contribute to a sustainable world.

In these three mutually supportive areas, RCUK spans the full range of challenges facing society by drawing together world-leading interdisciplinary research programmes. Alongside the delivery of world-class research, RCUK invests in the next generation of researchers and scientific infrastructure to build the skills of the nation and ensure that the UK maintains a world leading position.

A copy of the framework document can be found here PDF 300KB.

Listen to an interview with Professor Alan J Thorpe

Listen to a live interview with Professor Thorpe where he discusses Research Councils UK's vision for the future.

You can listen to the interview here Interview with Professor Thorpe, MP3 5,132KB.

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