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New computational research centre of excellence

A new UK centre of excellence in computational science, which will support a wide range of scientific research topics including the biological and medical sciences as well as the physical sciences and engineering, is being launched today.

September 7, 2017
Film highlights how Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will take research out of the labs to be deployed in the real world

A new film, launched today, highlights the type of vital work that the Fund will help to support and details how the ISCF will work and the reasoning behind the programme.

August 18, 2017
UK Research Councils join forces on mental health

The UK’s seven research councils have announced they will be working together to encourage and strengthen mental health research. Mental health is recognised as a major societal challenge that requires novel cross-disciplinary research approaches, that is, research that spans more than one branch of specialist knowledge.

August 17, 2017
Second round of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins

Detailed analysis of potential new ISCF challenges in targeted round of deep dive workshops. Following the announcement of the first challenges that will be supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

August 17, 2017
Government's commitment to Horizon 2020 welcomed by RCUK

The science minister Jo Johnson MP has reiterated the government’s commitment to underwrite the funding for all successful bids made by UK participants for Horizon 2020 projects that are submitted before EU exit – a move welcomed by Research Councils UK.

August 1, 2017
Update to the RCUK Research and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

The Research Councils have been reviewing funding assurance arrangements to ensure they continue to meet best practice in the stewardship of public funds. The current updated Grant Terms and Conditions are now published and will be implemented on 1 August.

July 31, 2017
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.

July 21, 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.

July 19, 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.

July 18, 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.

July 14, 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.

July 4, 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.

June 30, 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.

June 27, 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.

June 22, 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.

June 22, 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.

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

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