Welcome to the website for Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.
Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.
We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including Innovate UK, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, business, government, and charitable organisations.
Research Councils UK yesterday announced that they will co-host next year’s Global Research Council (GRC) annual meeting with the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The GRC is a virtual organisation comprised of the heads of research funding agencies from around the world, and two members bid each year to co-host its annual meeting.
RCUK and the British Library, on behalf of the Global Research Council, hosted a workshop in April 2015 to bring together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on open communication in a global research environment. A note of the meeting, speaker presentations and the report are now available.
Funders and the peer review process have an important role in assessing the validity, necessity and justification of research grant proposals in relation to the funding body’s research strategy and ethical framework. When research involving animals is proposed, funders have a duty to assess as part of the peer review the need to use animals, the appropriateness of the species and model chosen, and robustness of the planned experimental design and statistical framework.