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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.

23 September 2019
Diverse research voices shape Climate Action Summit debate

“The devil is in the detail of how to deliver a climate action agenda. We should favour an emphasis on capacity building of the most vulnerable communities. There is also a need to emphasise the importance of nature-based solutions and investing in young people as transformation often requires generational change.” This is the view of climate policy expert, Dr Saleemul Huq.

20 September 2019
New round of Future Leaders Fellowships announced

Top researchers and innovators from across the country will receive a portion of a £78 million cash boost as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships. The investment will propel the next generation of researchers as they lead cutting-edge projects; from developing rapid diagnostic methods to identify antibiotic resistance in infections, to increasing the value of archaeology to society.

20 September 2019
Higher education labs to boost local innovators and fuel growth

20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) are set to stimulate development of incubator or ‘grow-on’ space for small businesses in locations that encourage businesses to interact with universities and to innovate.

20 September 2019
Two UKRI-funded femtech brands win more awards

Two researchers have been announced as Interactive Advertising Bureau's 50 Leading UK Direct-to-Consumer companies.

19 September 2019
Citizen Science Exploration Grants

UK Research and innovation is launching a new £400,000 funding call to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

12 September 2019
UKRI-funded pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

Pioneering data hubs that enable cutting-edge research for health discoveries and aim to give patients across the UK faster access to pioneering new treatments will be rolled out next month. 

12 September 2019
UKRI supports Researcher Development Concordat to improve research environment

UKRI has today committed to supporting improvements in the research environment by becoming a launch signatory of the refreshed Researcher Development Concordat 

12 September 2019
Sir Mark Walport to retire as Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation next year

Sir Mark Walport has announced he will retire as Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in 2020. 

11 September 2019
Water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet for the first time

UK researchers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet with habitable temperatures in a world first, which has been supported by funding from UKRI’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

11 September 2019
World-leading genomics project to give insights into health and disease

In a major advance for public health and for the UK’s global leadership in genomics, a £200m project involving the government, charity and four leading pharmaceutical companies was announced today.

10 September 2019
UKRI Strategic Priorities fund at centre of investment over £130m in new tech to tackle Cancer and debilitating illnesses

The Government has today (9 September) unveiled details of how it will help thousands of people across the country living with debilitating, painful and/or sometimes life-threatening diseases by investing £133m in life-changing treatments for arthritis and cancer and for pioneering gene-based therapies for diseases including dementia and Parkinson’s.

09 September 2019
Technology's role in global aid

The technological innovation of humanitarian aid raises significant ethical and legal questions around the security, sharing and collection of refugee data such as name, age, gender and even blood type.