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.
Funders and the peer review process have an important role in assessing the validity, necessity and justification of research grant proposals in relation to the funding body’s research strategy and ethical framework. When research involving animals is proposed, funders have a duty to assess as part of the peer review the need to use animals, the appropriateness of the species and model chosen, and robustness of the planned experimental design and statistical framework.
The #ShareMyThesis competition, which gave PhD students the opportunity to tell the story of why their research was important, gained huge interest with over 2,000 people participating across the globe.
Research Councils UK are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCUK and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. It is the first time that Research Councils UK and the NRF have come to such an agreement.