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01 April 2020
UKRI-NIHR Covid-19 rolling call

Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19.

31 March 2020
UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

We are inviting proposals for projects of up to 18 months to address the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

30 March 2020
Open Letter to the Research and Innovation Community

An open letter to the research and innovation community, from Professor Sir Mark Walport

30 March 2020
Infrastructure Advisory Committee: call for members

We are seeking three experts to join the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC).

27 March 2020
Parenting during a pandemic – researchers pull together top tips to help keep children safe

Researchers from UKRI’s GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub have joined forces with the WHO, UNICEF and others to produce evidence-based tips for parents.

27 March 2020
Formula 1's Project Pitlane will support the manufacture of medical devices to help treat Covid-19 patients

The Prime Minister has reported on progress today (March 27) about rapidly scaling up ventilator production for patients with coronavirus. This follows a government call for industry support.

23 March 2020
COVID-19 vaccine & therapy research boosted by six new projects in rapid response

Six new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including testing a vaccine, developing therapies and improving understanding of how to treat COVID-19.

23 March 2020
UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

The Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have today, Monday 23 March, backed the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.

20 March 2020
Nationwide nature diary to capture first day of spring

Wildlife lovers across the UK have the chance to contribute to a crowd-sourced nature diary today to celebrate the official arrival of spring - Friday 20 March. 

12 March 2020
Openness and collaboration at heart of new joint research statement on tackling COVID-19

In recognition of the crucial role of the international research community in tackling the threat of COVID-19, UKRI and the NSFC of China have issued a joint statement highlighting a shared commitment to strengthening global collaborations and encouraging openness and data sharing to help ensure diagnostics, vaccines and prevention measures are developed rapidly for the benefit of every nation.

10 March 2020
Innovate UK launches new 3 year programme for Young Innovators

New findings from Innovate UK show that a half of young people in the UK think their age is a barrier to business success with nearly a third lacking the confidence they need to turn their idea into a reality.

06 March 2020
UKRI announces first Stephen Hawking Fellows and £179 million doctoral training boost

The first nine Stephen Hawking Fellows, announced today, will continue Professor Stephen Hawking’s legacy by furthering our understanding of the universe and communicating the wonders of science to the public.

06 March 2020
Update to the UKRI fEC Grant and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has updated its fEC Grant Terms and Conditions and Training Grant Terms and Conditions, as part of its standard biannual update.

06 March 2020
Key investment to create pioneering centres for electrification of transport

Business Secretary and COP26 President Alok Sharma has announced a £36.7 million investment to design, test and manufacture electric machines.

06 March 2020
International projects to boost global collaboration

Recently announced projects will share over £20 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC).

03 March 2020
'Biggest shift yet' in British public's attitude to risks of climate change

Research reveals climate concerns now second only to Brexit and highlights rising fears over flooding and heatwaves.

03 March 2020
New UK-USA collaboration to develop composite materials

Seven new research and innovation projects that will develop new composite materials that can advance component manufacture in a number of global industries, such as aerospace, automotive and renewable energy generation, have been announced.

28 February 2020
Interim leadership team announced for National Quantum Computing Centre

An interim leadership team has been appointed to drive forward the development of the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre.

27 February 2020
Pioneering green finance research and innovation programme is launched

A new £10 million research and innovation programme is opening to support the integration of the financial risks of climate and environmental change into mainstream financial decision making.

27 February 2020
Technicians receive support from the UK's largest research funder

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has become the first funder to sign the Technician Commitment, as both a funder, and as an employer. The move means greater visibility, recognition and career development opportunities for technicians.