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Triennial Review of the Research Councils published

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today published the findings of the Triennial Review of the Research Councils. The review, which examined the form, function and governance of the UK’s seven Research Councils, has recognised that we are working from a position of strength. The review has also confirmed that the current number and structure of the seven Research Councils is right.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chair of Research Councils UK Executive Group, commented: "We welcome the findings of the Triennial Review. It highlights the value that the Research Councils bring not just to the extraordinarily high quality of UK research but also its contribution to growth, prosperity and wellbeing. We are pleased that the Review recognises that our current structure supports the delivery of these. We have already implemented many of the recommendations and are working with BIS to implement the remainder as soon as possible. We anticipate that these will add value to our operations."

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Notes to editors

  1. A copy of the report, Triennial Review of the Research Councils is available from the Cabinet Office website here.

  2. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. 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 the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations.

    The seven UK Research Councils are:

    • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
    • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
    • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
    • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
    • Medical Research Council (MRC);
    • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
    • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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