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24 September 2018
UK's largest celebration of social science returns

The UK's biggest celebration of social science returns this November, with more than 300 free events across the country.

18 September 2018
Professor Tim Wheeler, appointed UK Research and Innovation Director for International

Following an external and highly competitive process, UKRI is pleased to announce that Professor Tim Wheeler has been appointed as UKRI’s new Director for International.

13 September 2018
External Advisory Group to help shape UKRI's equality, diversity and inclusion agenda

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the appointment of 11 members to a new External Advisory Group for equality, diversity and inclusion.  

11 September 2018
Worms on UK space mission

Hundreds of worms are being sent to space to understand why astronauts lose some of their muscle mass during spaceflight.

07 September 2018
UKRI contributes to new Google search tool

Experts from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have contributed to a new Google search tool to help scientists, policy makers and other user groups easily find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

06 September 2018
UK Research and Innovation launches new Mental Health Networks

Eight new Mental Health Networks have been announced by UK Research and Innovation to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions.

05 September 2018
Year of Engineering – Back to School

Engineering research continues to find ways to improve the school environment, from creating a sustainable classroom building, to taking a closer look at what causes chicken pox.

05 September 2018
International research project transforms Macbeth

Audiences at the Folger Theatre in Washington enjoyed the opening night of an unusual performance of Macbeth on 4 September, the result of an international research project.

05 September 2018
UK Research and Innovation and the Office for Students sign collaboration agreement

UK Research and Innovation and the Office for Students (OfS) have signed a collaboration agreement confirming how the two organisations work together on shared priorities across research and teaching.

04 September 2018
UK Research and Innovation joins Europe-wide ambition on open access

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), joined funders from across Europe to launch cOAlition S, a collective declaration of a commitment to open access publishing in academia.

29 August 2018
Two new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund directors appointed

Two new directors have been appointed by UK Research and Innovation to lead challenges announced as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

29 August 2018
UK scientists join iceberg research ship

UK scientists will join what could be the largest-scale Arctic research expedition ever planned when the German research ship, RV Polarstern, is deliberately lodged into sea ice to drift past the North Pole.

29 August 2018
Progress made towards liver tissue implants

Early-stage progress towards developing human liver tissue implants has been made, after scientists transformed stem cells into 3D human liver tissue.

24 August 2018
Je-S service now available

The Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service is now available again following the recent outage.

23 August 2018
UKRI joins international collaboration on Artificial Intelligence

UKRI is joining research organisations in Canada and France to host a series of international workshops examining the social and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.

23 August 2018
Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service unavailable

The Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service is currently unavailable due to a hardware fault.

This is being investigated as a priority and we apologise for any inconvenience.

23 August 2018
Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee update

The government has updated its information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the European Union’s flagship programme for science and innovation.

22 August 2018
Summer of Engineering – Being on holiday

From drones helping the fight against malaria, to slow-melting ice cream, engineering research continues to find ways to improve your summer holidays.

21 August 2018
Air pollution accurately modelled in minutes

A new system can accurately model air quality in large cities in minutes, within five metres of any given location using just a standard office computer.

21 August 2018
Robot chemist uses AI to discover new molecules

A robotic system which makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) to learn from chemical reactions and discover new molecules has been developed.