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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.

March 4, 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.

February 24, 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.

February 12, 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).

February 11, 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.

February 4, 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.

February 3, 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.

February 1, 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.

January 25, 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.

January 15, 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.

January 14, 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.

December 21, 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.

December 9, 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.

December 3, 2015
Study shows majority of researchers are participating in public engagement

Eight in 10 (82 percent) researchers carried out at least one form of public engagement in the past year, according to a new study commissioned by a consortium of 15 UK research funders, including the Research Councils.

December 2, 2015
Research Councils welcome positive Spending Review settlement for research

The Research Councils welcome the Government’s recognition of the value of investment in research in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

November 25, 2015
Research Councils announce an unconscious bias training programme for peer reviewers and funding decision-makers

Over a period of three years, beginning in January 2016, more than 1,300 people involved in peer review from all seven Research Councils will be given access to high quality training designed and developed by the Research Councils.

November 24, 2015
The Nurse Review – Ensuring a Successful Research Endeavour - Research Councils statement

An independent review of the UK Research Councils, led by Sir Paul Nurse, is published today. The report, ‘Ensuring a Successful Research Endeavour’, reviews why and how the UK should undertake research.

November 19, 2015
UK-India research gets bigger and better, with joint investment at more than £200 million

The value of investment in UK-India research from the UK Research Councils, the Government of India, and third parties now exceeds £200 million, following a joint £72 million boost to the portfolio during 2015.

November 13, 2015
UK-China research partnership strengthens with new research programmes tackling global challenges

The UK Research Councils have announced a number of research programmes in partnership with Chinese funders to tackle major global challenges, as part of the State visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UK this week.

October 22, 2015
Partnership awards for UK and South African PhD students announced

Eleven partnership awards for PhD students in the UK and South Africa, funded by the UK Research Councils and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) under the Newton Fund, have today been announced by the Science Ministers of the two countries.

October 19, 2015

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