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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
Global Challenge Research Fund – Call for Evidence

RCUK have launched a Call for Evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the Global Challenges Research Fund collective fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies.

08 July 2016
RCUK Statement on international collaboration post EU referendum

The outcome of the EU Referendum raises questions for UK researchers and international partners about the Research Councils’ international activities and collaborations. We are actively working with Government on issues related to UK research and we will provide further information when it is available.

06 July 2016
Appointments to the Research Councils 2016

The Appointments Panels for four of the Research Councils are seeking applications from suitably qualified academics or experienced individuals, to fill a number of vacancies on their governing Councils. These vacancies are for part-time, fixed term membership which are expected to arise during 2016.

21 June 2016
Global research funders address interdisciplinarity

Research funders from around the world gathered in New Delhi to debate global approaches to interdisciplinarity and the equality and status of women in research at the Global Research Council 2016 Annual Meeting.

27 May 2016
Initial appointments made to GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

The main tasks for the Strategic Advisory Group will be to help develop a common strategic approach between the Research Councils, helping the Councils to work together to inform the strategic research priorities that optimise the use of the fund and ensure that it addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

26 May 2016
RCUK seeks members for its new Open Access Practitioners Group

RCUK is seeking members for its new Open Access Practitioners Group to share best practice, discuss issues and provide sector insight to improve the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access.

25 May 2016
ORCID identifiers now live in the Research Councils' grants system (Je-S)

Researchers can now create or connect their ORCID identifier in the Research Councils’ grants system by logging in to their personal information page. This is an important first step towards improving the flow of research information across the higher education sector.

23 May 2016
People in the driving seat as Minister announces £3.9 million urban regeneration partnerships

People living in the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle & Gateshead and York will benefit from a new research and innovation initiative that puts them in the driving seat to help improve their cities’ health, wellbeing and prosperity as they face up to challenges of modern urban living. 

19 May 2016
Research Council awards worth nearly £10m announced to tackle antibiotic resistance

Three large collaborative grants, totalling £9.5m, have been announced by the Research Councils as part of a cross-Council initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance. The awards together mark one of the biggest investments into AMR since the initiative launched.

19 May 2016

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