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 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today published the findings of the Triennial Review of the Research Councils. The review, which examined the form, function and governance of the UK’s seven Research Councils, has recognised that we are working from a position of strength.
RCUK today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of the Newton Fund, a new initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and nations classed by the Government as Emerging Powers.
Research Councils UK will be cooperating with the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering, the Designated Competent Bodies, to pilot a streamlined endorsement process in order to make it easier for outstanding international researchers who have been awarded Research Councils funded fellowships to obtain a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.
Find out more about RCUK's International activities and
Explore our funding using the RCUK Gateway to Research