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.
The RCUK Impact Report 2013 is now published. This reports show that the UK research base is not only at the cutting edge of scientific and academic discovery, but also is doing more to translate this into practical wider benefits. This helps to keep us ahead in the global race.
The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities & Science has announced in his speech today, at Jodrell Bank, that RCUK has published grant success rates by age and gender for the last 3 years.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (3 March) published the RCUK Training Grant Guide to provide clarity and consistency for Research Organisations (ROs) who receive Research Council Training Grants.
Find out more about RCUK's International activities and
Explore our funding using the RCUK Gateway to Research