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Research Policy

Cells under a microscope The primary role of Research Councils UK (RCUK) is to fund research. Each year a total of around £3 billion is invested in research conducted at UK universities, Research Council Institutes, and in securing access to international facilities for UK researchers

This money is used to fund the very best world-class research as judged by independent, expert peer review.

Together the Research Councils cover the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, and the arts and humanities.

Research Funding

Areas of Research

Research Administration