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05 December 2018
Worms set for space launch

A rocket carrying thousands of worms are scheduled to be launched into space on 5 December, in a mission to understand why astronauts lose some of their muscle mass during spaceflight.

05 December 2018
New UK initiatives at the forefront of global biological and medical research

A £6.7 million funding programme aims to support the UK’s role as a key partner in the ambitious global Human Cell Atlas initiative, which will provide a basis for understanding human health and disease by mapping every cell type in the human body.

04 December 2018
UKRI projects awarded at Newton Prize 2018

Projects to create energy from coffee waste and to document the past for a more peaceful future are among the winners of the 2018 Newton Prize, which were celebrated at a reception hosted by Professor Lord Robert Winston. 

03 December 2018
UK and China researchers collaborate on global fight against superbugs

A multimillion investment to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in China has been announced, with £8 million by the UK Research and Innovation AMR project through the Newton Fund, and 36 million RMB (£4.1m) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

03 December 2018
UK's first-ever Vaccines Manufacturing centre aims to tackle deadly diseases

The UK’s first-ever dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will ensure the UK life sciences industry remains at the forefront of worldwide efforts to tackle life-threatening diseases, including Ebola and Lassa fever.

30 November 2018
New research projects aim to improve UK's services through tech

Three new research projects will investigate how businesses can make best use of artificial intelligence (AI) in insurance and law as well as analysing consumer attitudes to AI, announced on 28 November by Business Secretary Greg Clark.

27 November 2018
UK plays key role in Mars landing

The InSight lander carries three instruments designed and built with support from UK Research and Innovation’s Science and Technology Facilities Council RAL Space.

27 November 2018
Personalised heart models could improve cardiac care

Computer heart models personalised to each patient could improve the treatment of one of the UK’s most common cardiac conditions.

27 November 2018
UKRI Open Access update

UK Research and Innovation is undertaking an Open Access Review that will inform the development of UKRI policy. Open Access aims to make the findings of publicly-funded research freely available online as soon as possible, in ways that will maximise re-use.

26 November 2018
Supporting excellence in Wales

UK Research and Innovation is celebrating excellence in Wales by showcasing the vital research and innovation taking place in the country.

23 November 2018
Medicine manufacturing gets multi million boost

Medicine production and treatment in the UK has received a £7.3 million boost, with new projects across the UK working to ensure patients receive faster treatment.

23 November 2018
Michael the supercomputer joins team to battery research

Michael - funded by UKRI through ISCF - can reach 265 teraflops at peak performance.

20 November 2018
Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service – planned outage

The Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) service will be unavailable between 9pm GMT on Friday 23 November to 8am GMT on Monday 26 November due to essential database maintenance.

20 November 2018
UKRI chief executive joins board to work on tech in the NHS

Professor Sir Mark Walport will join IT experts, clinicians and academics to guide the government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS.

19 November 2018
Cancer killing virus could prevent disease returning

Scientists using viruses to combat cancer have found a way to prevent the disease from returning by targeting the healthy cells tumours use as camouflage and life support.

19 November 2018
Ambitious Antarctic field campaign begins

The five year quest to understand the Thwaites Glacier's contribution to sea levels will see a team of UK and US polar scientists embark on one of the largest joint Antarctic missions for more than 70 years.

13 November 2018
UK creative sector gets £80 million boost

Creative companies such as Aardman, Burberry and Sony will work with world-class research talent at hubs throughout the UK to explore new ways of enhancing their sector.

09 November 2018
What is quantum?

As the National Quantum Technologies showcase takes place in London, we discover more about quantum

08 November 2018
New lab in South Africa thanks to UK partnership

A new particle detector laboratory in South Africa will help to train the next generation of nuclear scientists.

08 November 2018
UK and Colombian researchers working together for sustainable peace

Ten new research projects will address issues facing Colombia’s transition from conflict to peace.