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29 September 2020
Twelve things we know about Covid-19, thanks to health data research

A report published by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded HDRUK, highlights the vital role that health data research has played in understanding COVID-19.

28 September 2020
Africa COVID-19 Rapid Fund projects announced

Vital new research across Africa have been funded by the COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund led by the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa and supported by an international collaboration of funders including UK Research and Innovation.

24 September 2020
Call for life science companies to get involved in UK's largest ever health programme

Life science companies can find out more about the UK’s biggest health programme and opportunities to get involved by signing up for a webinar taking place on Thursday 1 October.

23 September 2020
New discovery in Coronavirus structure 'could stop virus in its tracks'

An international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol and funded by UKRI has found a feature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that could be used to stop it from infecting human cells.

22 September 2020
Research and Innovation's contribution to exploring the UN's Sustainable Development Goals explored at Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home

To celebrate the UN’s Global Goals Week, highlighting 10 years left to achieve the sustainable development goals, listen to experts discussing the role of global research and innovation partnerships

22 September 2020
Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging projects for Recycle Week

URKI is announcing nearly one quarter of a million pounds in funding for projects to address plastic waste and improve the UK’s recycling capabilities during Recycle Week.

22 September 2020
Science and Society, 20 years on: legacy and lessons for a post-Covid world

UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser spoke of her vision for of a system “in which everyone has the opportunity to participate and from which everyone benefits” at an online event today about the relationship between science and society.

21 September 2020
New Imperial War Museums refugee exhibition rooted in cutting-edge UKRI research

New exhibition brings visitors face-to-face with the people behind the headlines, as IWM explores 100 years of refugee experiences.

18 September 2020
Prime Minister visits Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

The Prime Minister today visited the Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will start producing vaccines before the end of 2021, thanks to a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) investment of nearly £200m.  

18 September 2020
New digital database to provide unprecedented access to Glastonbury Festival

New digital database to provide unprecedented access to the past, present and future of Glastonbury Festival.

17 September 2020
Scientists discover what happens in our brains when guessing

Researchers have identified how cells in our brains work together to join up memories of separate experiences, allowing us to make educated guesses in everyday life.

17 September 2020
Search for new cancer treatments gets £8m genetic boost

Projects to find new treatments for cancer, using whole genome sequencing, have received a £8m funding boost from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), it was announced today.

17 September 2020
Viewpoint: We must reshape the system so it genuinely values and supports difference

In the first of a series of discussion pieces, our chief executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser shares her views on the importance of diversity and how rethinking the system could support positive change.

15 September 2020
Global conference marks opening of cutting-edge modern slavery research centre

A global conference on assisting and supporting survivors of modern slavery will mark the opening of the new UKRI-funded Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC).

15 September 2020
Landmark coronavirus study to trial inhaled Imperial and Oxford vaccines

UKRI and NIHR funded researchers at Imperial College London are set to begin trials to assess the safety and effectiveness of two of the UK’s coronavirus vaccines in development, when inhaled into the lungs.

14 September 2020
RECOVERY trial will evaluate REGN-COV2 investigational antibody cocktail in the UK

One of the world’s largest efforts to find effective COVID-19 treatments will evaluate the impact of REGN-COV2 on mortality, hospital stays, and the need for ventilation.

11 September 2020
£147m investment in Manufacturing Made Smarter

New funding announced to transform UK manufacturing capabilities through the development and adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs).

11 September 2020
£5 million for new research projects investigating how coronavirus spreads

Eight new projects will explore how the virus spreads in schoolchildren, healthcare workers, in medical settings, on surfaces in public spaces, and in strictly-Orthodox Jewish communities.

10 September 2020
Investment boost for three industrial strategy challenge funds

The government is extending funding through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, managed by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), to three challenge areas that are developing solutions for key global challenges, including climate change, disease and ageing societies.

10 September 2020
Discovery of four COVID-19 risk groups helps guide treatment

People who are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 can be divided into four distinct groups, according to data from the world’s largest study of patients with the disease.