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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 launches survey to examine the economic impact of PhD graduates
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched a survey for PhD graduates to examine their career pathways, their impact in employment, and how their skills contribute to innovation and growth. Doctoral graduates from 2003-04 to 2005-06 are invited to take part in the survey over the next five weeks to gain a better understanding of the real impact of doctoral training over the medium to long-term.
    29 Apr 2013

  • RCUK publishes further revisions to guidance on Open Access
    Research Council UK has today published the latest version of its guidance for the revised Policy on Open Access, which came into effect on 1st April. The changes aim to further clarify the guidance and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March.
    8 Apr 2013

  • Further Pathways to Impact case studies now available
    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.
    4 Apr 2013