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 Innovate UK, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, business, government, and charitable organisations.
Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK institutions to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which will tackle some of the most complex and persistent issues facing developing countries.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, has given a speech outlining the vision, objectives and next steps in development for the organisation. bUK Research and Innovation will be formed in April 2018, bringing together the Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new body, Research England.
Due to essential maintenance, the RCUK website and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on 30th June 2017 from 15:00-15:30 GMT.