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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 announces policy to support equality and diversity in research
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (17 January 2013) unveiled its new Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity, which is intended to drive more rapid cultural change in the management of equality and diversity in institutions receiving Research Council funding.
    17 Jan 2013

  • RCUK and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology build stronger links
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) have today announced the projects to be funded under their China-UK Cooperation Programme in Global Priorities.
    14 Jan 2013

  • 2012 – a successful and innovative year for UK research
    Throughout 2012, the Research Councils continued to support research that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. 2012 was the year of the London 2012 Games, in which UK research and the work of the Research Councils contributed significantly to Team GB’s success.