There are seven research councils who receive funding from the Government’s science budget. These are AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC. The research councils fund high quality research that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. Some projects may include international partners. Their focus tends to be on more theoretical rather than applied research. In addition to research project funding, money may also be available to hold seminar series and support training and career development of researchers.
|Research Councils||Useful links|
|Research Councils UK (RCUK)||
|AHRC – Arts & Humanities Research Council|
|BBSRC – Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council|
|EPSRC – Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council|
|ESRC – Economic & Social Research Council|
|MRC – Medical Research Council|
|NERC – Natural Environment Research Council|
|STFC – Science & Technology Facilities Council|
All research council grant applications are submitted via the Joint electronic Submission site Je-S.
A quick guide to applying to the research councils can be found here.
BU regularly publish blog posts on the research councils, including upcoming and past visits to BU. Click on the following links for blog items on each of the research councils: RCUK, AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.
The RKE Development Framework offers a pathway specifically for Research council Funding, which offers information, advice and guidance on the UK Research Councils, together with the opportunity to come along to a bid writing retreat led by an external facilitator.