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Update to the RCUK Research and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

The Research Councils have reviewed the current grant terms and conditions and are making changes  to include legislative changes and additional information, these changes will start on Monday 15th January 2018.

14 December 2017
Research Council-backed projects to receive Queen's Anniversary Prize

Six projects, backed by funding from across the UK’s research councils, have been announced as recipients of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes – In total, 21 UK universities and colleges of further education were recognised.

04 December 2017
RCUK publishes early reflections on FP9

The Research Councils are actively engaging with the process of shaping FP9 and has published early reflections this week. The paper was developed with support by the UK Research Office, the European office of the UK Research Councils.

28 November 2017
Research Council projects crowned winners of Newton Prize in India

Two projects have been awarded the Newton Prize worth £200,000 each. Both projects were presented with the prestigious annual Prize by the Minister for Universities, Science and Research Jo Johnson, and Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Chair of the Newton Prize Committee and President of the Royal Society.

02 November 2017
Research Council projects shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Ten Research Council projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

13 October 2017
Research Councils announce funding to enhance and embed support for public engagement with research within UK higher education institutes

Research Councils UK is pleased to announce the launch of the Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) grants. This funding invited two types of approach from institutions to help enrich and embed cultures within Higher Education Institutions.

06 October 2017
Website Maintanance, 8 October 2017

Due to essential maintenance, the RCUK website and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on Sunday 8 October from 22:00-00:00 (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.

04 October 2017
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.

07 September 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.

18 August 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.

17 August 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.

17 August 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.

01 August 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.

31 July 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.

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

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