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.
Research Councils UK has today published its response to the independent Review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess. In implementing the recommendations, RCUK will establish a Practitioner Group drawn from those working with the policy in institutions, publishers and learned societies.
On June 30, 2015, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council sponsored the highly successful Research Councils UK Water Showcase on “Water for Future Cities”. The showcase was produced as part of the UK Water Partnership and was attended by a diverse audience of approximately 200 people from industry, government, civil society organisations and the research community.
Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC, has been elected as the next Chair of the RCUK Executive Group. Prof Nelson will take on the role from 1 October when the current Chair, Prof Rick Rylance, steps down.