Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK

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 the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, business, government, and charitable organisations.

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Developing skills, leadership and the infrastructure for the UK research base

Within the UK, and indeed globally, the research landscape is changing and evolving, and part of the collective focus for the Research Councils currently is to understand, be responsive to, and seek to shape this rapid change.

Connecting the dots: universities, communities and innovation

Universities have enormous potential to drive economic growth and help connect the dots explains Prof Wendy Purcell.

Knowledge exchange between arts researchers and creative companies (2)

The AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hubs bring together research in the arts and humanities with businesses and public sector organisations to generate innovation.

From grand challenges to business opportunities, through research and collaboration

The UK is the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business through our excellent research base and strong collaborative links to business and industry