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Policy & Strategy

The following publications demonstrate the way in which the Research Councils are approaching the challenges which they face and and how RCUK plans to help them achieve their priorities and long term aims. Our publications reflect our Strategic Vision, with its objectives being reflected throughout our publications.

RCUK aims to influence a wide range of policy makers in order to help create a positive environment for future research. We use evidence based information to inform our policies and in turn, use our policies to influence researchers and policy makers.

To download copies of the strategy documents please follow the links below.


RCUK Strategic priorities and spending plan 2016

The Research Councils have collective Strategic Priorities and Spending Plan 2016. The document provides a summary of the ambitions, strategic direction and investment themes for the Research Councils’ collective and individual activities.

March 18, 2016
Overview of Systems Interoperability Project

This report is the output of a joint RCUK-JISC project to explore opportunities for RCUK of greater research information interoperability.

August 5, 2015
Cabinet Office communications capability review of the UK Research Councils 2015

This report looks at the collective communications activity of the Research Councils. Reports on individual Research Council Communications activities can be found on their websites. The reports’ findings are being considered by the Research Councils.

March 27, 2015
Efficiency 2011-15: Ensuring Excellence with Impact

This report, Efficiency 2011-15: Ensuring Excellence with Impact, sets out how the Research Councils intend to make these savings. These plans have been put together in order to protect research as a vital resource for the future.

January 26, 2015
Public Engagement with Research Strategy

The RCUK Public Engagement with Research Strategy outlines the full RCUK Public Engagement with Research strategy and future developments.

November 21, 2014
RCUK Delivery Plan 2015/16

The RCUK Delivery Plan explains the integrated activities the Research Councils will undertake together to deliver excellence with impact and continue to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of UK research.

June 12, 2014
RCUK Strategic Framework for Capital Investment

Investing for growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century is a strategic framework against which Research Councils will plan future investments in the UK’s capital infrastructure for research.

November 9, 2012
Open Data

Undertaken on the behalf of the Research Councils UK in partnership with JISC, the Royal Society and Sciencewise-ERC, this public dialogue explored views on open data, data reuse and data management policies within research.

June 21, 2012
Welsh Language Scheme - Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have prepared a Welsh Language Scheme in accordance with the Welsh Language Act 1993 / Mae Cynghorau Ymchwil y DU (RCUK) wedi paratoi Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg yn unol â Deddf yr Iaith Gymraeg 1993.

February 21, 2012
RCUK Engaging with India

This strategy details how RCUK engage with India and how the Research Councils plan to develop further a strategic research and innovation bilateral relationship.

November 25, 2011
Evaluation: Practical Guidelines

This guide is designed for those who lead projects intended to engage general audiences in science, social science, engineering and technology and the social, ethical and political issues that new research in these areas raises.

April 20, 2011
Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research outlines the expectations and responsibilities of research funders with respect to public engagement.

March 22, 2011
Independent assessment of progress implementing recommendations of ‘Roberts’ Review

Information on RCUK's Independent assessment of progress implementing recommendations of ‘Roberts’ Review

January 19, 2011
Delivery Plan

The Research Councils publish details of their joint priorities and activities in the RCUK Delivery Plan.

December 20, 2010
Strategic Vision

This strategic vision document sets out our top level objectives for the period 2011-15. We will deliver these objectives individually and together.

December 19, 2010
International Strategy

Through the RCUK International Strategy, we outline the ways in which RCUK helps the best researchers work together, wherever they are in the world.

March 5, 2010
Schools Policy Statement

The RCUK Schools Policy Statement sets out our expectations for researchers to engage young people with research.

February 25, 2010
Large Facilities Roadmap 2010

Working together, the Research Councils are responsible for producing the Large Facilities Roadmap.

January 27, 2010

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