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03 June 2020
Can you help find environmental solutions to COVID-19?

A ground-breaking events series will take place later this month to find environmental solutions to COVID-19 and NERC is seeking participants with a range of expertise.  

02 June 2020
UKRI at Cheltenham Science Festival 2020

It’s Cheltenham Science Festival 2020 this week and as part of the programme this year UK Research and Innovation are helping highlight the contribution of research to highlighting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

02 June 2020
Global Challenges Research Fund: New Strategic Advisory Group members

Three new members have been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Group which advises on the development and delivery of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

02 June 2020
Sir Mark Walport receives prestigious international award recognising leadership in health research

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has been awarded the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

01 June 2020
Open letter to the research and innovation community

Open letter on what UKRI is doing to support the UK research and innovation system

29 May 2020
ESRC/AHRC GCRF Indigenous Engagement programme

The ESRC and AHRC portfolio of GCRF projects engages with local indigenous communities spanning a wide range of countries and geographical regions which are beneficiaries of official development assistance (ODA).

28 May 2020
Hackathons seek environmental solutions to Covid-19

Digital Sprint led by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Cranfield University.

28 May 2020
UK joins COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

The UK has added more than 20 Petaflops of high-performance computing capability to the global effort to address the coronavirus crisis by joining the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

22 May 2020
Africa COVID-19 Rapid Fund launched

An Africa specific research call has been launched this week to strengthen efforts across the continent to tackle COVID-19.

21 May 2020
UKRI launches its environmental sustainability strategy and sets a path to a 'net zero' future

The strategy sets out the organisation’s priorities to lead the way in environmental sustainability across the research and innovation sector, following the UK government’s commitment to end the country’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

21 May 2020
Pilot scheme launches for arts and humanities EDI fellowships

A new pilot scheme launched today, Thursday 21 May 2020, will fund a number of fellowships aimed at arts and humanities researchers working in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

20 May 2020
£40m grant funding confirmed for business projects tackling post COVID-19 global impact

Total funding pot for dynamic businesses looking to boost UK and global economic recovery from COVID-19 doubles in size after unprecedented demand.

19 May 2020
UKRI publishes Preventing harm policy for safe research and innovation environments

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) outlines a framework to support organisations and individuals to ensure abuse and exploitation is prevented and addressed across research and innovation environments

18 May 2020
New cross-government research response to tackle COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new call for global health research to tackle COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

18 May 2020
£30 million funding for future flight innovation

A competition to be launched next month will provide funding for innovations to help revolutionise the way we fly.  

17 May 2020
£131m investment fast-tracks UK coronavirus vaccine production

The UK will have state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing facilities, able to make up to 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, thanks to a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) investment of £131 million.

14 May 2020
UKRI supporting pupils to engage with cutting-edge science online during school closures

With schools closed to most pupils because of coronavirus, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting young people to stay connected with each other and enjoy inspiring science lessons through a free, safe online platform, I’m a Scientist, Stay at Home!.

14 May 2020
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser to join UK Research and Innovation as new Chief Executive

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced that Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS will join UK Research and Innovation as its new Chief Executive. She will succeed Sir Mark Walport who announced in September last year that he would retire in 2020. Professor Leyser will start her new role on Monday June 29.

13 May 2020
New partnership to sequence human genomes in the fight against coronavirus

Thousands of patients severely ill with coronavirus will have their genetic code studied to help scientists understand whether a person’s genetics may influence their susceptibility to the virus.

13 May 2020
Call supports innovative citizen science approaches across the research spectrum

A new call launched by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) today will support the expansion of citizen science approaches into new disciplines, involving more members of the public in the creation of knowledge that will transform society.