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.
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.
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.
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.