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13 December 2018
UKRI marks the centenary of Haldane

UKRI celebrated the centenary of the publication of the Haldane Report, at an event to discuss the principles that emerged from the report, their influence and how they can be applied to today’s challenges.

13 December 2018
Directors appointed to lead work on ageing society grand challenge

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today (13 December) confirmed the appointment two challenge directors who will lead work on the Ageing Society challenges of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

10 December 2018
New Graphene Innovation centre opens

HRH The Duke of York opened the £60 million world-class centre dedicated to researching graphene in Manchester, after the centre received funding from UK Research and Innovation

10 December 2018
New international development research programme announced by UK Research and Innovation

This new Programme will bring together a wide range of researchers from across the UK and developing countries to generate innovative solutions to intractable development issues and contribute to enabling healthier and safer lives, sustainable development and prosperity for all.

10 December 2018
New Global Research Hubs to tackle complex development challenges

Over the next five years these interdisciplinary research Hubs will work with governments, international agencies, NGOs and community groups in developing countries to provide creative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

06 December 2018
New science minister visits flagship space conference

Newly appointed Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore visited the UK’s flagship space conference at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) on 6 December.

05 December 2018
New UK initiatives at the forefront of global biological and medical research

A £6.7 million funding programme aims to support the UK’s role as a key partner in the ambitious global Human Cell Atlas initiative, which will provide a basis for understanding human health and disease by mapping every cell type in the human body.

04 December 2018
UKRI projects awarded at Newton Prize 2018

Projects to create energy from coffee waste and to document the past for a more peaceful future are among the winners of the 2018 Newton Prize, which were celebrated at a reception hosted by Professor Lord Robert Winston. 

03 December 2018
UK's first-ever Vaccines Manufacturing centre aims to tackle deadly diseases

The UK’s first-ever dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will ensure the UK life sciences industry remains at the forefront of worldwide efforts to tackle life-threatening diseases, including Ebola and Lassa fever.

30 November 2018
New research projects aim to improve UK's services through tech

Three new research projects will investigate how businesses can make best use of artificial intelligence (AI) in insurance and law as well as analysing consumer attitudes to AI, announced on 28 November by Business Secretary Greg Clark.

27 November 2018
UKRI Open Access update

UK Research and Innovation is undertaking an Open Access Review that will inform the development of UKRI policy. Open Access aims to make the findings of publicly-funded research freely available online as soon as possible, in ways that will maximise re-use.

26 November 2018
Supporting excellence in Wales

UK Research and Innovation is celebrating excellence in Wales by showcasing the vital research and innovation taking place in the country.

23 November 2018
Medicine manufacturing gets multi million boost

Medicine production and treatment in the UK has received a £7.3 million boost, with new projects across the UK working to ensure patients receive faster treatment.

23 November 2018
Michael the supercomputer joins team to battery research

Michael - funded by UKRI through ISCF - can reach 265 teraflops at peak performance.

20 November 2018
Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service – planned outage

The Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service will be unavailable between 9pm GMT on Friday 23 November to 8am GMT on Monday 26 November due to essential database maintenance.

20 November 2018
UKRI chief executive joins board to work on tech in the NHS

Professor Sir Mark Walport will join IT experts, clinicians and academics to guide the government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS.

13 November 2018
UK creative sector gets £80 million boost

Creative companies such as Aardman, Burberry and Sony will work with world-class research talent at hubs throughout the UK to explore new ways of enhancing their sector.

08 November 2018
UK and Colombian researchers working together for sustainable peace

Ten new research projects will address issues facing Colombia’s transition from conflict to peace.

08 November 2018
Impact and breadth of UK-China collaboration on show at China launch of UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation celebrates its China launch this week with events in Beijing, Shanghai, London and Swindon covering the breadth of UKRI’s activities and objectives

06 November 2018
New tech centres aim to save lives

Five new technology centres based across the UK will work on ways to save lives using artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies, it was announced today (6 November).