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13 August 2018
Transforming Food Production

The first funding from a £90 million fund that aims to revolutionise how food is produced and dramatically reduce its environmental impact launches later this month.

10 August 2018
Chancellor announces funding for Catapult network

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £780 million of funding to expand Catapult centres developing a range of cutting edge new technologies across the UK.

09 August 2018
Batteries could be charged in minutes after new material research

Smartphones could be charged in minutes after UK researchers discovered a new material to speed up the process.

08 August 2018
Summer of Engineering – Going on holiday

Throughout 2018, UK Research and Innovation is marking the Year of Engineering, a government campaign to celebrate the world of engineering and its impact.

06 August 2018
Ethnic minority retailers boost deprived neighbourhoods

Migrant entrepreneurs provide vital economic and social assets in deprived urban areas, says a study of four multi-ethnic high streets located in deprived and culturally diverse parts of Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Manchester.

06 August 2018
Harmful side effects of type 2 diabetes could be avoided by factoring in sex and body mass index

Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions.

02 August 2018
New £22 million programme to investigate Atlantic Ocean

A new £22 million marine research programme will investigate the impacts of climate change and human activities on the Atlantic Ocean, from the surface to the deep seabed.

02 August 2018
Eyewitness confidence is key to safer convictions

New research into eyewitness memory could increase the accuracy of suspect identification and save millions of pounds in police and court costs.

02 August 2018
Feeding 'responsively' key to breastfeeding

Women who breastfeed 'responsively' – in response to whenever the baby wants to be fed, typically every two hours including through the night – are much more likely to continue breastfeeding for longer, research into the UK’s low breastfeeding rates has found.

01 August 2018
New salmon food to relieve marine sources

Atlantic salmon in Scotland will be fed a new fish feed produced from GM plants to help relieve pressure on stressed marine sources.

30 July 2018
Turmeric eye drops could treat early stage glaucoma

Curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, a new study has found.

30 July 2018
Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals

Scientists have shed light on how a major cause of human and animal disease can jump between species, by studying its genes.

30 July 2018
UKRI appoints Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed Katrina Nevin-Ridley as its Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement. Ms Nevin-Ridley brings a wealth of communications experience from across the research and innovation sector to lead UKRI’s extensive communications and public engagement programmes.

27 July 2018
New project to tackle antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists working on a new collaborative project to increase our understanding on how antibiotics treat bacteria used a technique known as neutron reflectometry to examine how Polymyxin B, a last resort antibiotic, interacts with the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria.

26 July 2018
New projects mark continuation of UK-India research partnership

Sam Gyimah and Indian Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced projects managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and collaborators in India during the biennial Science and Innovation Council meeting.

25 July 2018
Support needed for local start-ups
20 July 2018
Students from across the UK have competed in the second Lunar Rover Competition

Seven student teams consisting of over 60 participants from across the UK reached the final stage of the Lunar Rover Competition, which saw them design, construct and test a lunar rover over a period of 9 months before testing them in the technical facilities at RAL Space.

18 July 2018
UK-Canada collaboration to build on research and innovation strengths

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the delivery of collaborative, jointly-funded research and innovation programmes.

16 July 2018
Hull of polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough launched

The state-of-the-art new polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, was launched into the River Mersey for the first time on 14 July, marking a major milestone in the preparation of the vessel.

09 July 2018
UK Research and Innovation at ESOF 2018

Leading UK research will be showcased to thousands of delegates as part of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting this week.