The primary role of Research Councils UK (RCUK) is to fund research. Each year a total of around £3 billion is invested in research conducted at UK universities, Research Council Institutes, and in securing access to international facilities for UK researchers
This money is used to fund the very best world-class research as judged by independent, expert peer review.
Together the Research Councils cover the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, and the arts and humanities.
You can find details on all the research projects supported by the Research Councils through our Gateway to Research.
As well as developing RCUK’s own research policy and guidance to best deliver a world leading research base RCUK frequently submits evidence to inquiries and consultations by government departments, Select Committees of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and to other organisations.