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Research Councils UK

Summary
Research Councils UK, sometimes known as RCUK, was a non-departmental public body which coordinated science policy in the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2018. It was an umbrella organisation that coordinated the seven separate research councils that were responsible for funding and coordinating academic research for the arts, humanities, science and engineering. In 2018 Research Councils transitioned into UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Function The role of the RCUK was to:
  • Enabling dialogue about research priorities by facilitating an open and collective approach to investing in multidisciplinary research and training
  • Facilitating cooperation between the research councils and external stakeholders by promoting dialogue, collaboration, and partnership
  • Communicating the activities and views of the research councils to increase policy influence and collective visibility
  • Collaborating with academia and other funders to reduce bureaucratic tape for researchers and univers
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