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Apr 17 2014

Triennial Review of the Research Councils published

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published the findings of the Triennial Review of the Research Councils.

The review, which examined the form, function and governance of the UK’s seven Research Councils, has recognised that the councils are working from a position of strength. The review also confirmed that the current number and structure of the seven Research Councils is right.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chair of Research Councils UK Executive Group, commented: “We welcome the findings of the Triennial Review. It highlights the value that the Research Councils bring not just to the extraordinarily high quality of UK research but also its contribution to growth, prosperity and wellbeing.

“We are pleased that the Review recognises that our current structure supports the delivery of these. We have already implemented many of the recommendations and are working with BIS to implement the remainder as soon as possible. We anticipate that these will add value to our operations.”

A copy of the report, Triennial Review of the Research Councils is available from the Cabinet Office website.

The seven UK Research Councils are:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
  • Medical Research Council (MRC);
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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