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Funding, governance and careers


The strong international reputation of UK research relies on funding excellence in science as well as the ability of researchers to collaborate and be mobile.

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Reports and publications

Read or download all our reports, publications and consultation responses.

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UK research and the European Union: the role of the EU in funding UK research. Image credit: ericsphotography

Brexit and UK science

Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the Royal Society is seeking the best possible outcome for UK research and innovation.

Changing expectations

This project aims to understand how best to steward research culture through a shifting research landscape and investigate the evolving relationship between the research community and the wider research system.

Our analysis and advice

  • Mobility of researchers

    Mobility of researchers

    Evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee on the mobility of researchers.

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  • Submission-Nurse-Review-2350

    Submission to the Nurse Review

    The Royal Society response to Sir Paul Nurse's review, with Research Councils, into how they can evolve to support research in the most effective ways.

    Read the submission
  • Higher Education and Research Bill

    Reforms to the UK’s higher education, research and innovation system

    We are working closely with the Fellowship and the broader research and innovation community to engage with the Higher Education and Research Bill.

    What is the Society doing?
  • Building a stronger future

    Building a stronger future: Research, innovation and growth

    The UK National Academies set out key priorities and actions for the next Government to make the UK the location of choice for world class research, development and innovation.

    Download the statement
  • Doctoral Students

    Doctoral students’ career expectations

    This project explored doctoral students' careers expectations, and how they can be best managed so that students and their supervisors understand the wide range of careers that a PhD can lead to in and outside of science. 

    Read the report
  • UK research and the European Union

    UK research and the European Union

    Gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on research.

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Also of interest

Fellows working in this area

  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS

    Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS

    Elected 2003

  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS

    • Fellow
    • Elected:2003
    • Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, Department of Astrophysics, University of OxfordPro Chancellor, Trinity College DublinPresident, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist best known for her role in the discovery of pulsars - considered to be one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the 20th century.

Dame Jocelyn has since become a role model for young students and female scientists throughout the world. Notable awards include the Michael Faraday Prize and the Royal Medal.

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  • Professor Richard Jones FRS

    Professor Richard Jones FRS

    Elected 2006

  • Professor Richard Jones FRS

    • Fellow
    • Elected:2006
    • Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of SheffieldCouncil Member, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilProfessor of Material Physics and Innovation Policy, University of Manchester

Professor Richard Jones

An experimental polymer physicist, Professor Richard Jones has also has written extensively on the wider issues surrounding nanotechnology.

He was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from 2007 to 2009, and in 2013 he was appointed to the Council of the EPSRC.

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