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14 February 2020
"Tomorrow" Swindon's Science Festival

UKRI is showcasing a large, hands-on exhibition, at a two-day, family-friendly festival of science and engineering at Swindon’s STEAM Museum on 21 and 22 February.

13 February 2020
UKRI launches consultation on Open Access policy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today launched a consultation as part of its Open Access Review. The consultation will inform the development of a new open access policy, aimed at ensuring that the published outputs of research are widely and freely accessible to all.

13 February 2020
Saving our Soils - UK/US collaborate to preserve vital resource

Ten new research projects, jointly funded by the Fund for International Collaboration via UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), USA’s National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will design durable new sensors for biological, chemical and/or physical signals in the soil and wireless technologies that can transmit the data through the soil.

12 February 2020
UKRI-funded projects awarded 2019 Newton Prizes

Two innovative UKRI-funded research projects have won major awards at the Newton Prize 2019, which this year celebrates inspiring global development work taking place in China, Indonesia and the Philippines.

12 February 2020
Dame Judith Macgregor appointed Chair of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group

Dame Judith Macgregor has been appointed as the new Chair of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group.

11 February 2020
Calls launched to strengthen best practice and explore new approaches

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will launch two pilot calls to trial streamlined application processes.

11 February 2020
"Made in UK" super-bright lasers at heart of new £81 million research centre to boost science and industry

A new national research centre will help UK business develop high-value products faster and more reliably while avoiding potentially costly manufacturing errors.

11 February 2020
UKRI appoints new Global Health Challenge Leader to expand crucial international research partnerships

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has bolstered the leadership of the flagship international development research scheme, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), with a new senior appointment to its Challenge Leader team.

10 February 2020
New online portal helps everyone access the UK's Research and Innovation infrastructure

Building on our infrastructure opportunities report, together with the landscape report and to encourage and help everyone access research and innovation infrastructure, UKRI has launched a new interactive portal.

07 February 2020
UKRI appoints Director for Commercialisation of Research

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed Dr Tony Soteriou as its first Director for Commercialisation of Research.

07 February 2020
UKRI Open Access consultation update

On Thursday 13 February UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will launch a consultation as part of its Open Access Review.

06 February 2020
New humanities-led network will put social justice at the heart of AI research

UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have launched JUST AI, a network of researchers and practitioners, in partnership with The Ada Lovelace Institute, that will establish a multidisciplinary research base around ‘just AI’ - AI that is ethical, works for the common good and is effectively governed and regulated.

06 February 2020
Public to help shape exciting new range of research on the issues that impact their lives

UK citizens are set to contribute to world-leading research on air quality, plastic pollution, period poverty, farming methods and many other issues that directly affect their lives. 

05 February 2020
UK Research and Innovation appoints additional Council members

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed an additional 16 members to eight of the Councils which make up UKRI, bringing membership close to full capacity. 

04 February 2020
£20 million "rapid response" for novel coronavirus research

£20 million has been made available for novel coronavirus research via a rapid research call announced today by UKRI and DHSC via NIHR.

30 January 2020
Transformation Director Geoff Robins to stand down

UK Research and Innovation Transformation Director Geoff Robins has announced he will leave the role at the end of March for personal reasons.

29 January 2020
Largest analysis of UK health research funding published

A report published today delivers the most comprehensive analysis of UK health research funding ever compiled. Bringing together data from 146 charity, professional and public sector organisations, the UK Health Research Analysis 2018 found that in 2018 these funders contributed £4.8 billion to support research to improve human health.

27 January 2020
Government commitments underline support for research and innovation

A new Global Talent Visa, increased investment in mathematical sciences and commitments to strengthen and simplify the research and innovation funding system have been announced by the Prime Minister.

27 January 2020
Global Talent Visa: new visa scheme for international researchers to be led by UK Research and Innovation

As part of a package of announcements today, the government has announced changes to Tier 1 Visas for researchers.

27 January 2020
Pathways to Impact: Impact core to the UK Research and Innovation application process

As part of a package of announcements today, UK Research and Innovation has announced changes to our requirements on 'Pathways to Impact'.