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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
Launch of Shanghai laboratory bolsters UK-China scientific collaboration

The Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) was formerly opened in Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bai Chunli.

26 September 2016
Research Councils' announcements strengthen UK-China research and innovation relationship

The UK’s Research Councils are this week leading a series of announcements, events and launches in China that demonstrate the growing strength of the research and innovation relationship between the UK and China.

23 September 2016
Twitter Chat for the RCUK Collective Fund Call growing research capacity

On Wednesday 28th September, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Fund is currently inviting applications for strategic programmes to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries.

22 September 2016
New Forum for Responsible Research Metrics launched

A group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working together in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics. The 2015 independent report ‘The Metric Tide’ highlighted growing pressure on higher education institutions, researchers, funders and policymakers to use metrics in managing and assessing research.

16 September 2016
Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries

The Global Challenges Research Fund is today launching a call for applications for strategic programmes designed to grow research capability to address the challenges faced by developing countries.

22 August 2016
RCUK announces regional workshops for new grants service

We are pleased to announce that we have set up regional workshops around the UK to go out and talk to the community about the programme of work to replace the Je-S system and design a new ‘Research and Innovation Funding Service’. 

19 August 2016
RCUK welcomes HM Treasury statement on continuity of funding under Horizon 2020

The HM Treasury statement provides reassurance for applicants to Horizon 2020 projects, confirming that where applications are submitted while the UK remains a member of the EU HM Treasury will underwrite the payment of awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

15 August 2016
Research Councils seek new Members for the Research Organisation Consultation Group

The Research Councils are seeking applications for membership of the Research Organisation Consultation Group (ROCG). The group advises the Research Councils on all aspects of research funding administration and policy.

03 August 2016
Concordat on Open Research Data launched

Four of the UK’s leading research organisations have, today, launched a concordat that proposes a series of clear and practical principles for working with research data. The Concordat on Open Research Data has been developed by a UK multi-stakeholder group and is a set of expectations of best practice reflecting the needs of the research community.

28 July 2016
UK national academies statement on research and innovation after the EU referendum

RCUK welcomes the statement from the UK national academies on research and innovation after the EU referendum, published on 16 July. RCUK supports and endorses the points made in the statement which reflect the position of the Research Councils.

26 July 2016
Research Councils publish 2015-2016 annual reports

Each of the seven Research Councils has now published their Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16. Laid before Parliament in the last week, the publications outline the Councils’ achievements over the last year.

25 July 2016

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