Research Councils

UKRI brings together seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England, 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
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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: UKRI, AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC. In addition, you can find information on Innovate UK and Research England.

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.dev_framework

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