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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
UK research at AAAS meeting

A host of UK researchers will be presenting their research at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC. The Research Councils are hosting an international reception at the AAAS meeting.

04 February 2016
Datasets to be explored to increase the UK's global competitive advantage in research and innovation

The UK Knowledge and Research Landscape: A report on available resources is the first step in refining and bringing together datasets that can be used and exploited further to inform strategic decision-making and enable funders to identify how future funding could be targeted to achieve the best value for money.

03 February 2016
Research Councils demonstrate the impact of their investments in latest impact reports

The Research Councils have today published their impact reports for the 2014/2015 financial year, demonstrating the impact their investments have made on the economy, on policy and for society.

01 February 2016
Research Councils UK Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2016

Research Councils UK has announced doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2016. The minimum stipend will increase in line with the GDP deflator and this remains the start-point for determining minimum stipend levels.

25 January 2016
RCUK response to the Higher Education Green Paper and the Nurse Review published today

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (Friday 15th January) published a full response to the Higher Education Green Paper and the Nurse Review, which sets out key principles that the Research Councils collectively consider should be the basis on which reform of the research funding landscape should take place.

15 January 2016
UK-Chile research projects announced

The Research Councils and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) have announced research projects between UK and Chilean researchers, which contribute to the economic development and welfare of Chile and to developing countries more broadly.

14 January 2016
UK-India research partnerships announced worth £20 million to tackle major challenges in food security

A £20 million UK-India fund is now available to support research that addresses critical food security challenges. The fund was announced earlier this month by Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science during his visit to India.

21 December 2015
Research Councils award PhD students three-month internships in leading policy organisations

The Research Councils have awarded more than 60 PhD students policy internships that will give them valuable insights into the policy-making process and how research can contribute to it.

09 December 2015
Research Councils’ grants system to capture ORCID iDs from early next year

The Research Councils today announce that we have become members of the Jisc UK ORCID Consortium and our grants system will be ready to start capturing ORCID identifiers (ORCID iDs) in early 2016.

03 December 2015

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