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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
Research Councils UK statement on publication of the 'Success as a Knowledge Economy' White Paper

The Government has published a White Paper which details its planned policy to reform support for higher education and research, including proposals on the future of the Research Councils. ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’ outlines how Government intends to take forward the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Paul Nurse’s Review.

16 May 2016
Over £40M pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges

Five UK Research Councils have announced the first joint interdisciplinary calls from the new £1.5Bn Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) unveiled by the Government in last year’s spending review.

12 May 2016
Research Councils publish Delivery Plans for 2016-2020

The UK Research Councils have published their Delivery Plans for the period 2016-2020. The plans outline how the Research Councils individually and collectively will use their allocations from the Science and Research Budget announced in March.

04 May 2016
Research Councils launch action plan to drive cultural change in equality, diversity and inclusion

RCUK has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture. Alongside this, RCUK have today published its annual data on grants and fellowships applications and success rates by gender, ethnicity and age.

04 May 2016
UK-China research collaboration celebrated

Senior representatives from RCUK and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) celebrated the growing UK-China research partnership and discussed strategic priorities for the future at an event held at the Royal Society in London on 18th April.

20 April 2016
Publication of RCUK Strategic Priorities and Spending Plan

The Research Councils have published a collective Strategic Priorities and Spending Plan. The document provides a summary of the ambitions, strategic direction and investment themes for the Research Councils’ collective and individual activities.

18 March 2016
European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures Launched

Food security, river health, the effects of aerosols on climate and an upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN are among six new science projects and two other research infrastructures recommended for European-wide funding in a new report.

10 March 2016
Research Councils' response to budget allocations announcement

The Research Councils have recognised the Government’s continuing support for UK research in today’s announcement of allocations from the research and innovation budget. The Councils will collectively publish a summary response on their spending plans and priorities next week.

04 March 2016
Research Councils UK response to the publication of BioDesign for the Bioeconomy: UK Synthetic Biology Strategic Plan 2016

The Research Councils welcome the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council’s (SBLC) publication of ‘BioDesign for the Bioeconomy’. As the publication states it is important to maintain a strong underpinning research portfolio and the Research Councils are committed to building on their recent investments.

24 February 2016
Science and Innovation conference: advancing the future

Delegates from both public and private sector will gather together on 14th July at Liverpool Hope University to discuss the importance of science and innovation to the UK economy, and how we future proof our scientific capacity.

12 February 2016
New report shows UK researchers engage actively with society

A national report shows that UK academics, across all disciplines, are continuing to have high levels of engagement with external organisations and individuals in the private and public sectors. The report was commissioned by the Research Councils, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

11 February 2016

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