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20 September 2019
New round of Future Leaders Fellowships announced

Top researchers and innovators from across the country will receive a portion of a £78 million cash boost as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships. The investment will propel the next generation of researchers as they lead cutting-edge projects; from developing rapid diagnostic methods to identify antibiotic resistance in infections, to increasing the value of archaeology to society.

20 September 2019
Higher education labs to boost local innovators and fuel growth

20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) are set to stimulate development of incubator or ‘grow-on’ space for small businesses in locations that encourage businesses to interact with universities and to innovate.

20 September 2019
Two UKRI-funded femtech brands win more awards

Two researchers have been announced as Interactive Advertising Bureau's 50 Leading UK Direct-to-Consumer companies.

19 September 2019
Citizen Science Exploration Grants

UK Research and innovation is launching a new £400,000 funding call to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

12 September 2019
UKRI-funded pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

Pioneering data hubs that enable cutting-edge research for health discoveries and aim to give patients across the UK faster access to pioneering new treatments will be rolled out next month. 

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.