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Global issues from health to humanitarian crises to be tackled in ambitious research programme

Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme launched today. In one of the most ambitious international research programmes ever created, £225 Million has been invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects.

21 July 2017
UK Research and Innovation launches interim website

An interim website has been launched today by UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org. The site will be a source of news and information about the development of UK Research and Innovation ahead of its formal creation in April 2018.

19 July 2017
Research Councils UK confirm RCUK Open Access block grant funding levels until 2020

Research Councils UK are pleased to confirm that the Open Access block grants will be continued at current levels for a further 2 years. The grants fund costs relating to articles published in peer reviewed journals that have resulted from RCUK funded research and which acknowledge Research Council Funding.

18 July 2017
GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs call

Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK institutions to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which will tackle some of the most complex and persistent issues facing developing countries.

14 July 2017
Sir Mark Walport outlines the vision for UK Research and Innovation

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, has given a speech outlining the vision, objectives and next steps in development for the organisation. UK Research and Innovation will be formed in April 2018, bringing together the Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new body, Research England.

04 July 2017
Website Maintanance, 30 June 2017

Due to essential maintenance, the RCUK website and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on 30th June 2017 from 15:00-15:30 GMT.

30 June 2017
Third year of Diversity Data published

The third annual update of the Research Councils diversity data has been published today. Our ambition is for the Research Councils to be recognised as a leader in equality and diversity in the research community, working with partners throughout the sector.

27 June 2017
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund opportunities begin to open

Research Councils and Innovate UK welcome first Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund areas to open for applicants to apply for funding.

22 June 2017
Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

A number of academics, funded across the Research Councils, have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. A huge congratulations to them and all those in the wider science and research community.

22 June 2017
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.

04 May 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.

21 April 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.

21 April 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.

21 April 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.

20 April 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.

07 April 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.

30 March 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.

28 March 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.

27 March 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.

15 March 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.

13 March 2017

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