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Pre-election rules – what they mean for researchers

On 8 June 2017, the UK General Election will take place.  As with previous elections, non-departmental public bodies, including the research councils, are bound by pre-election rules.

May 4, 2017
Business Secretary announces Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investments

The Government is investing £1bn in cutting-edge technologies to create jobs and raise living standards, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced today. The funding from the flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will be spent across six key areas over the next four years.

April 21, 2017
Second GCRF Collective Fund call will be launched in late summer 2017

Research Councils UK are pleased to announce that a second GCRF Collective Fund call will be launched in late summer 2017. This call will establish a cohort of large-scale Global Challenges Interdisciplinary Research Hubs, which will be expected to deliver integrated and innovative international research programmes.

April 21, 2017
Non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses in 2018/19 remain eligible for RCUK support

Research Councils UK welcomes the announcement by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson which confirms that non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses beginning in the academic year 2018/19 remain eligible for RCUK support.

April 21, 2017
Further funding for embedding Public Engagement

Research Councils UK (RCUK) will be  launching a funding call to help better embed support for public engagement with research in higher education institutions  this spring. The Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) call will be open for a limited time, assessed by panel over summer 2017.

April 20, 2017
RCUK system outages

Due to essential maintenance, the RCUK website and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on Saturday 8 April 2017 from 09:00-13:00 (GMT). We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to keep disruption of service to a minimum.

April 7, 2017
We want your feedback on Gateway to Research

In the last few months the Gateway to Research website has seen some important developments to improve the search function and the information that is provided. Now we are seeking insight from the people that use the website to make more changes.

March 30, 2017
RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct

From 1 April 2017, the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct have been updated in response to recommendations and for consistency with the policy of the Wellcome Trust.

March 28, 2017
Impact of £3.4Bn investment demonstrates the UK place as a global leader in research and innovation

Research Councils UK has launched reports detailing the impacts of a collective investment of £3.4Bn in 2015/16. This investment drives economic growth by helping to deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy of increasing productivity, creating high-value industry, jobs and a skilled workforce.

March 27, 2017
Hundreds of up-and-coming scientists demonstrate their research at House of Commons

More than 200 early career scientists presented their research in a poster competition to dozens of politicians, and a panel of experts, at the House of Commons this week. The STEM for BRITAIN competition, which is co-sponsored by Research Councils UK, saw entries from across the sciences.

March 15, 2017
Apprentice Levy

Any Research Organisation submitting an feC Proposal to the Research Councils can now recover the costs of the new Apprentice levy. The Research Councils have agreed that the cost of the Levy can be recovered by adding the levy charge through direct staff costs.

March 13, 2017
UK's Research and Innovation bodies welcome Budget

The announcement of the first tranche of challenges to be supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and additional support for high skilled research talent has been welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation leaders.

March 8, 2017
Hoax (Phishing) grant award emails warning

We are aware that some researchers, predominantly outside of the UK, have received emails claiming to the be from ‘The Research Council, United Kingdom’ regarding successful research grants.  The email asks for information to be provided to allow the grant to be paid. This is a phishing email and is not from Research Councils UK or any of the individual UK Research Councils.

February 16, 2017
Leading UK research showcased at AAAS meeting

A host of leading UK scientists and academics will be presenting their research at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, MA from 16–20 February 2017.

February 13, 2017
RCUK system outages

Due to system maintenance this website may be unavailable on 11 February from 0900-1400 GMT. This maintenance will also affect other Research Council services, including the Peer Review extranet and recruitment application system which may be become unavailable during this period.

February 10, 2017
Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

February 2, 2017
ISCF workshop materials published as PM launches Industrial Strategy

As details of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy are shared, engagement with business and the research community on one of its key programmes is already well underway.

January 24, 2017
First round of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was announced by the Prime Minister at the 2016 CBI Annual Conference. It will help identify and develop UK industries that are fit for the future, driving progress in technologies where the UK can build on our existing areas of industrial and research strength.

January 16, 2017
Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2017

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has announced doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2017. For planning purposes, research organisations should note that whilst the GDP deflator remains the basis for determining indicative fee levels, it will remain under review.

January 4, 2017
Research Councils appoint new Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research

RCUK has announced the appointment of Professor Stuart Taberner to the new role of Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research. Prof Taberner’s role will be to lead the development and delivery of RCUK international strategy and to strengthen collective Research Council planning and delivery for the Global Challenges Research Fund.

December 12, 2016

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