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.
The UK Research Councils have published their Delivery Plans for the period 2016-2020. The plans outline how the Research Councils individually and collectively will use their allocations from the Science and Research Budget announced in March.
RCUK has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture. Alongside this, RCUK have today published its annual data on grants and fellowships applications and success rates by gender, ethnicity and age.
Senior representatives from RCUK and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) celebrated the growing UK-China research partnership and discussed strategic priorities for the future at an event held at the Royal Society in London on 18th April.