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10 February 2017
Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

02 February 2017
ISCF workshop materials published as PM launches Industrial Strategy

As details of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy are shared, engagement with business and the research community on one of its key programmes is already well underway.

24 January 2017
First round of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was announced by the Prime Minister at the 2016 CBI Annual Conference. It will help identify and develop UK industries that are fit for the future, driving progress in technologies where the UK can build on our existing areas of industrial and research strength.

16 January 2017
Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2017

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has announced doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2017. For planning purposes, research organisations should note that whilst the GDP deflator remains the basis for determining indicative fee levels, it will remain under review.

04 January 2017
Research Councils appoint new Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research

RCUK has announced the appointment of Professor Stuart Taberner to the new role of Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research. Prof Taberner’s role will be to lead the development and delivery of RCUK international strategy and to strengthen collective Research Council planning and delivery for the Global Challenges Research Fund.

12 December 2016
Interdisciplinary Research - Methodologies for Identification and Assessment

A report by Digital Science published today, raises questions important to the production of better indicators of research activity. Indicators used included measures derived from analysis of the text of grant applications, the text of research papers, publications cited in these papers, and the departmental affiliations of the authors of these papers.

08 December 2016
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.

01 December 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.

25 November 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.

23 November 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.

21 November 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.

09 November 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.

08 November 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.

07 November 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.

24 October 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.

19 October 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.

17 October 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.

14 October 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.

05 October 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.

03 October 2016

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