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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 House of Lords report on Regenerative Medicine
    The House of Lords Science & Technology Committee today reports the findings of its inquiry into UK regenerative medicine. The inquiry was set up in July 2012 to examine what the UK is doing well in regenerative medicine and any barriers to its future development. The Research Councils submitted both written and oral evidence to the inquiry.
    1 Jul 2013

  • RCUK welcomes announcement of government’s investment plans for capital and infrastructure
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) today, 27th June 2013, welcomes the further commitment that the government has given to science and research through the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, of the government’s capital and infrastructure investments from 2015.
    27 Jun 2013

  • RCUK position on the announcement of the 2015/16 Science Budget
    The Research Councils have today noted the announcement of the allocations to the Science and Research Budget for 2015/16 financial year. We appreciate the landscape of fiscal constraint that provides the context for these allocations and understand that the spending review has again seen significant cuts to public spending across the board.
    26 Jun 2013