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18 October 2019
Confronting cyber threats to businesses and personal data

British businesses and the public are set to be better protected from hostile cyber-attacks and online threats like disinformation and cyber-bullying as a result of three separate UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) initiatives, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced today (Friday 18 October).

18 October 2019
New UKRI Director for e-Infrastructure appointed

James Hetherington has been appointed as UKRI’s new Director of e-Infrastructure, to commence at the start of the New Year.

17 October 2019
Light-activated compound destroys cancer cells' energy source

UKRI-funded researchers use light to activate a cancer-killing compound which attacks the NADH co-enzyme – a vital energy-producing machinery in the cancer cells.

17 October 2019
Innovative research solutions identified to help the world's most vulnerable people

Solution-focussed research receives £14.8M from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to be developed into practical tools helping millions of people around the world

10 October 2019
New UKRI brand supports vision and ambition as a world-class funder

UK Research and Innovation’s new brand provides a strong identity for the organisation as it realises its ambitions as a world-class funder delivering global impact.

10 October 2019
£88 million to help unleash the productive power of the UK economy

Productivity of UK businesses is set to be supercharged with £88 million in new government investment through the Strategic Priorities Fund.

10 October 2019
UKRI funds first mental health awareness audio tour of the National Gallery

The Medical Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, has funded the first mental health-awareness audio tour of the National Gallery, launching today on World Mental Health Day.

09 October 2019
UKRI appoints Mental Health Networks Impact and Engagement Coordinator

Professor Elaine Fox, of the University of Oxford, has been appointed as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Mental Health Networks Impact and Engagement Coordinator.

09 October 2019
Multi-million funding boost for health tech innovators developing the next generation of cutting-edge technologies

Baroness Blackwood has today announced over £4M of funding to support a host of SME innovators to develop their exciting healthtech innovations.

08 October 2019
£5 million given to AMR research partnerships between UK and Argentina

The government has provided £5 million of UK aid as part of a programme to manage antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agriculture and its impact on the environment.

08 October 2019
UKRI congratulates Nobel Prize-winning physicists

The Nobel Prize for Physics has today been awarded to Professor Didier Queloz, Professor Michel Mayor and Professor James Peebles.

07 October 2019
£35m boost to adolescent mental health research

A major new research UKRI programme which will explore what makes teenagers more or less likely to develop mental health problems and how we might intervene early, has been announced by the government today.

07 October 2019
Nobel prize jointly awarded to UK scientist Sir Peter Ratcliffe

Sir Peter Ratcliffe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 today, jointly with William Kaelin Jr and Gregg Semenza, ‘for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability’.

03 October 2019
Decoding 2,000-year-old scrolls with Diamond Light Source

Ancient scrolls are being virtually “unwrapped” using the UK’s national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, combined with special techniques developed by a team from the University of Kentucky.

02 October 2019
UKRI to host Citizen Science Fund Webinar

UKRI will be holding a Citizen Science Fund Webinar on Friday 11 October 2019 from 14:00 – 14:45.

01 October 2019
Professor Rory Duncan appointed as UKRI Director for Talent and Skills

Professor Rory Duncan will take up the role of UKRI Director for Talent and Skills in November. Rory will be on secondment from Heriot-Watt University, where he is currently Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development and Co-Director of the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium (ESRIC).

26 September 2019
Ship is named with royal ceremony

The UK’s new polar research ship is formally named the RRS Sir David Attenborough by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

26 September 2019
UK plans to fund new technologies to transform farming and tackle climate change

A challenge, run by UKRI on behalf of the government, will help farmers to reduce pollution and boost food production through the integrated use of new digital technologies, sensors, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.

24 September 2019
£20 million to accelerate British research into forecasting space weather

British satellites will be better protected through a £20 m boost to predict severe space weather events, the PM has announced today whilst at the UN General Assembly.

23 September 2019
New competition offers £40 million for innovations to transform older age

A landmark funding competition has been launched today to boost innovations that will enable people to live better for longer.