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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.

05 September 2019
Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement

Along with the launch of the new UKRI Public Engagement vision – a new £500,000 funding opportunity is being made available to support research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities.

05 September 2019
Funding partnership to tackle top horticultural pest and diseases

Research funds of £250,000 are now available for five projects to tackle high priority pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops.

05 September 2019
UKRI publishes new public engagement vision

UK Research and Innovation has published its vision for how it will promote world-leading research and innovation that is built on the knowledge and values of society and open to people from all backgrounds.

04 September 2019
The future of batteries are top of the agenda at LCV

Further progress of the Faraday Battery Challenge was a key focus of this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event at Millbrook.

28 August 2019
Boost for pioneering international collaborations in energy, healthcare and artificial intelligence

Eight universities have been awarded £3.6 million of funding by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation, to scale up international research collaborations with universities and research organisations outside the UK.

27 August 2019
Networks to prepare UK transport for a low carbon future

Five new networks will help to tackle climate change by removing barriers to low carbon transport in the UK, ranging from commercial flights using electric airplanes to decarbonised freight transport and hydrogen-fuelled cars.

27 August 2019
Future of flight challenge is given go-ahead

The Future Flight Challenge has been announced by the Prime Minister to support exciting new technologies that will accelerate adoption of innovative aircraft.

23 August 2019
Newton Prize 2019 shortlist announced

Twenty international research projects have been short-listed for the 2019 Newton Prize, which celebrates outstanding international research partnerships.

15 August 2019
£5.4 million Future Fashion Factory launches in style

UK Research and Innovation’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is investing £645,000 in the first nine projects to be funded under its £5.4 million Future Fashion Factory programme, an industry-led initiative supporting collaborative R&D in the UK fashion design and textile industry.

09 August 2019
Clothes designed to grow as children age could mean savings for parents while cutting waste

Innovative businesses creating green alternatives to plastic bottles, cosmetic beads and synthetic materials are being backed by new funding from the Government and Sky.

09 August 2019
Government announces major boost for UK research and innovation

The UK government has pledged further support for UK researchers and businesses, including a shake-up of the immigration rules to attract international scientific talent.

09 August 2019
UK joins forces with international experts to tackle global challenges

UK researchers and innovators will work with counterparts across the planet to tackle global challenges such as Ebola outbreaks, the impact of subpolar ocean currents on global climate, and the effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and individuals’ happiness and wellbeing following a major funding announcement.

07 August 2019
More than £16 million Innovate UK and private equity investment into companies confirmed

More than £16 million Innovate UK and private equity investment into companies across the UK developing new precision medicine technologies has been confirmed today.

07 August 2019
Dr Matthew Duchars to head up £67 million cutting-edge vaccines centre at Harwell Campus

Announced today, the UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) will be located at Harwell Campus.