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 success of the UK dual support system for university research was reinforced today as the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to announce almost £6m in joint funding between the UK and Brazil for Research Partnerships under the Newton Fund.
The Research Councils welcome the opportunity to work with Sir Paul Nurse to ensure that the UK research system continues to deliver high impact, high quality research that benefits economy and society in the UK and beyond.
Find out more about RCUK's International activities and
Explore our funding using the RCUK Gateway to Research