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.
Applications from senior academics in the area of economics/finance or experienced individuals from the voluntary sector are invited for two vacancies on ESRCs governing Council.
RCUK are delighted that positive discussions between the UK and China to hold a joint competition to trial new technologies that address the challenges of urbanisation are underway.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) would like to issue a reminder that the deadline to submit evidence for the 2014 review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access will be closing soon.
Find out more about RCUK's International activities and
Explore our funding using the RCUK Gateway to Research