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.
RCUK have launched a Call for Evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the Global Challenges Research Fund collective fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies.
The outcome of the EU Referendum raises questions for UK researchers and international partners about the Research Councils’ international activities and collaborations. We are actively working with Government on issues related to UK research and we will provide further information when it is available.
The Appointments Panels for four of the Research Councils are seeking applications from suitably qualified academics or experienced individuals, to fill a number of vacancies on their governing Councils. These vacancies are for part-time, fixed term membership which are expected to arise during 2016.