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The state-of-the-art new polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, was launched into the River Mersey for the first time on 14 July, marking a major milestone in the preparation of the vessel.
Business Secretary Greg Clark unveiled a major new £900 million investment in the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme.
New fellowships are to be created in mathematics and physics in tribute to Stephen Hawking, the world-leading British scientist.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.