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.
Delegates from both public and private sector will gather together on 14th July at Liverpool Hope University to discuss the importance of science and innovation to the UK economy, and how we future proof our scientific capacity.
A national report shows that UK academics, across all disciplines, are continuing to have high levels of engagement with external organisations and individuals in the private and public sectors. The report was commissioned by the Research Councils, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
A host of UK researchers will be presenting their research at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC. The Research Councils are hosting an international reception at the AAAS meeting.