Research councils and funding

Climate change in action

Initiative to bring in US scientists causes backlash among scientists awaiting funding at home

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science

Treasury underwriting of projects previously funded by the EU could continue after transition period, Jo Johnson says

National University of Ireland, Galway

Female lecturers allegedly under pressure to settle legal action after university’s equality charter application rejected

Woman sweeping coins into a wheelbarrow

Instead of spending time competing for competitive funding, academics should be given a lump sum, paper suggests

Brazilian national congress

Petition with 80,000 signatures was set to be presented as part of mass protest outside country’s National Congress

giant Euro note being unveiled by abseilers. Money

Proposals ‘reverse the trend’ of falling spending, says research minister

Bouncy castle inflating

Australian Catholic University defends hiring of professorial fellows as a tool to build partnerships


Fears that referendum result could put off applicants have been unfounded - at least for this type of grant

Peter Agre at World Academic Summit

US physician also tells summit that, while governments change, ‘science goes on’

Brexit negotiations sign

Carolyn Fairbairn’s UUK speech will also criticise Labour’s plans to abolish tuition fees in England

Man in peacock costume

Metric on self-referencing could provide ‘truer’ citation data, say researchers

Nurse and man holding giant syringe

Major investment in advanced medical manufacturing announced by government

Flags of European Union member countries

Changes to associate membership criteria could open up European research funding worldwide

Leaving Lehman Brothers

New data show how universities took up the slack when businesses cut back on R&D. But the crisis also led to greater demands on universities to boost growth


Aarhus University has signed up companies to fund fundamental research in what it calls a ‘patent-free playground’

railway track

Staff covering for academics on leave are often given no time to conduct research themselves

Synergy Grants will be worth a total of €250 million but, when piloted in 2012 and 2013, success rates were under 3 per cent

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Science policy experts have concerns about the effectiveness of new UK government support model

Saudi man riding horse, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Universities facing the challenges of developing a knowledge economy

Man in mechanical invention

European Innovation Council mission to create ‘unicorns’ may deprive academics of funding, critics warn