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RCUK welcomes announcement on EU postgraduate research student eligibility

EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year

December 1, 2016
Publication of progress report on research integrity concordat

The progress report demonstrates that an engaged community has developed around the concordat and highlights the excellent work being done in universities to create a strong and supportive culture around research integrity.

November 25, 2016
Research Councils welcomes new research funding in the Autumn Statement

In his Autumn Statement today the Chancellor of the Exchequer outlined a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will add an extra £2 billion a year for research and development by the end of this Parliament.

November 23, 2016
RCUK welcomes Prime Minister's CBI speech

In her first speech to the CBI Annual Conference today, Prime Minister Theresa May  has announced investment worth £2billion per year by 2020 for research and development.

November 21, 2016
UK and Indian research expertise to strengthen global AMR fight

The UK and Indian science ministers announced the investment during the UK-India Tech Summit in New Delhi where today they also opened the inaugural meeting of the Research Councils UK-India Strategic Group on AMR.

November 9, 2016
UK and India team up to drive scientific and cultural boundaries

A series of joint UK/India research initiatives worth up to £80 million were announced today by the UK Science Minister, Jo Johnson and Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, India.

November 8, 2016
Five new advisers for the Global Challenges Research Fund

Five new members have been appointed to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group. The new members with varied backgrounds from academia and international development have been appointed for an initial two years to provide advice and support to the GCRF.

November 7, 2016
Joint statement on UK implementation of EU Data Protection Regulation

RCUK has co-signed a statement from the research community to inform the implementation of the new EU Data Protection Regulation to better support research. All seven research councils, and several other research organisations, are also signatories.

October 24, 2016
RCUK announces 2016/17 Block Grant for Open Access

Research Councils UK have announced the open access block grant allocations for 2016/17, worth a total of £14 million and distributed across 79 institutions.

October 19, 2016
RCUK commits further funding for projects to strengthen public engagement with research

Research Councils UK is pleased to announce continuation funding of £600,000 for its Public Engagement with Research Catalyst Seed Fund, designed to support universities in strengthening their public engagement activities at a strategic level.

October 17, 2016
Website downtime - Saturday 15 October

The RCUK website will be offline for a short period on Saturday 15 October for routine maintenance. It's expected that the site will be down for several hours.

October 14, 2016
ORCID iDs are now in Gateway to Research

The RCUK Gateway to Research will be displaying researchers ORCID iDs and a hyperlink to their ORCID profile. ORCID iDs will be displayed for any researcher who has connected their ORCID iD to their Je-S account and who has any completed or live research projects.

October 5, 2016
DFID Independent Expert Advisory Group Recruitment

The Department for International Development (DFID) are currently recruiting new members of their Research Advisory Group (RAG). The provision of independent scientific advice by the RAG assists DFID to assure the quality and appropriateness of Research and Evidence Division’s research portfolio for DFID’s objectives.

October 3, 2016
Launch of Shanghai laboratory bolsters UK-China scientific collaboration

The Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) was formerly opened in Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bai Chunli.

September 26, 2016
Research Councils' announcements strengthen UK-China research and innovation relationship

The UK’s Research Councils are this week leading a series of announcements, events and launches in China that demonstrate the growing strength of the research and innovation relationship between the UK and China.

September 23, 2016
Twitter Chat for the RCUK Collective Fund Call growing research capacity

On Wednesday 28th September, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Fund is currently inviting applications for strategic programmes to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries.

September 22, 2016
New Forum for Responsible Research Metrics launched

A group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working together in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics. The 2015 independent report ‘The Metric Tide’ highlighted growing pressure on higher education institutions, researchers, funders and policymakers to use metrics in managing and assessing research.

September 16, 2016
Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries

The Global Challenges Research Fund is today launching a call for applications for strategic programmes designed to grow research capability to address the challenges faced by developing countries.

August 22, 2016
RCUK announces regional workshops for new grants service

We are pleased to announce that we have set up regional workshops around the UK to go out and talk to the community about the programme of work to replace the Je-S system and design a new ‘Research and Innovation Funding Service’. 

August 19, 2016
RCUK welcomes HM Treasury statement on continuity of funding under Horizon 2020

The HM Treasury statement provides reassurance for applicants to Horizon 2020 projects, confirming that where applications are submitted while the UK remains a member of the EU HM Treasury will underwrite the payment of awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

August 15, 2016

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