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Welcome to the UKRI Engagement Hub.

Open Activities

  • February away day - communications

    This survey should be completed before attending the MCE away day on 27 Feb. The aim of the survey is to give the team an opportunity to confidentially share your experiences and preferences around communication within the team. On the day, we will look at the responses and reflect on them,...

    Closes today

  • UKRI website user satisfaction survey 2024

    This survey consists of 10 questions and should take about three minutes to complete. It asks about your use of and any improvements that would make your experience better. We will only use your responses to help improve the content, structure and navigation of Read...

    Closes 27 February 2024

  • UK Japan Engineering Biology Call EOI

    Introduction The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are pleased to invite proposals to the UK Japan Engineering Biology for Novel Therapies and Diagnostics Research Collaboration The main objective of this...

    Closes 28 February 2024

  • BBSRC Follow-on Fund Committee Chair: Expression of Interest

    BBSRC Follow-on Fund Committee Chair Thank you for your interest in applying to join BBSRC’s Follow-on Fund Committee as Chair. Please read the role profile and expertise requirements for this position and provide evidence of how your expertise and experience address the...

    Closes 29 February 2024

  • BBSRC Peer Review Inductions 2024 – Participant Feedback Questionnaire

    All personal data provided to UK Research and Innovation via this survey will be processed in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and the EU General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679 (GDPR) where appropriate. Further details can be found in the guidance notes and on the UK...

    Closes 1 March 2024

  • JSS Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey 2024

    Welcome to the JSS customer satisfaction survey 2024 We conduct a customer satisfaction survey every year. The results from previous surveys can be found on our website. We are interested in what you think of the service...

    Closes 1 March 2024

  • Transdisciplinary networks to tackle antimicrobial resistance - Post meeting feedback

    Transdisciplinary networks to tackle antimicrobial resistance - Post Meeting Feedback

    Closes 1 March 2024

  • EPSRC UKRI New Horizons Evaluation, Research Office Survey 2024

    This is to understand the experience from our Research Office colleagues of the EPSRC UKRI New Horizons scheme process and particularly how you found the second phase of the call (which covered ICT and Engineering research).

    Closes 1 March 2024

  • Pre-Award Mailboxes

    We value your perspective and insights which is why we're reaching out to invite you to participate in this survey, your feedback is important in helping us understand diverse viewpoints within our team. This survey aims to gather your thoughts and opinions on the fellows inbox and mailboxes....

    Closes 1 March 2024

Closed Activities

  • 27 March 2024 IAC Meeting Logistics Survey

    Dear IAC Members, Please complete the following few questions regarding logistics for the IAC meeting on 27 March 2024. The meeting will be held at the Harvard Lecture Suite, UCL East, Stratford. Best wishes, UKRI Infrastructure Team

    Closed 24 February 2024

  • Annual Appraisal of Council Survey - ELT Members

    Every year we invite you to complete a short survey to assess the performance of Council. It should not take you longer than 10-15 minutes to complete it. The results of the survey will be presented at the next Council meeting in March 2024.

    Closed 23 February 2024

  • Annual Appraisal of Council Survey - Council Members

    Every year we invite you to complete a short survey to assess the performance of Council. It should not take you longer than 10-15 minutes to complete it. The results of the survey will be presented at the next Council meeting in March 2024.

    Closed 23 February 2024

  • ESRC Global Strategy

    ESRC is conducting a stakeholder survey to gather views and perceptions of the value of international research opportunities in the social sciences and the role of ESRC in enabling them. This engagement will inform the development of ESRC's Global Strategy and its future vision for international...

    Closed 22 February 2024

  • Staff Attendance - MRC Board and Panel member induction meeting

    As part of the new board and panel member recruitment to MRC, we hold an annual induction meeting in which the new members, and MRC staff are invited to attend. We would like to accommodate all staff members that wish to attend the induction meeting, but there is a maximum capacity at the venue....

    Closed 21 February 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We asked

For opinions on the definition and scope of a categorisatino of UKRI funding as either 'Investigator-led' or 'Directed'.

You said

Only 8 responses were received, and there was no clear consensus on many questions. Most respondents were from universities.

We did

In the absence of opinion to the contrary we will continue to develop and apply the indicator to all UKRI funding. It will be applied as a binary indicator.

We asked

In April 2022, we asked for feedback on the new MRC expectations on the inclusion of sex in experimental design of studies involving animals, tissues, and cells. We also asked what MRC could do to aid researchers in implementing these requirements.

You said

We received 91 responses from researchers and research staff, with many constructive and detailed suggestions. We also received a written submission from the Academy of Medical Science, on behalf of their fellows.

We were pleased that many were already using both sexes in their experiments or were ready to begin doing so (32% and 5% of respondents, respectively). We recognise that many (57%), even though they were very often supportive in principle, felt barriers existed to implementing this in their research.

One of the most commonly mentioned concerns was a likely increase in grant costs. Respondents sought clarity from MRC as to how this would be handled. Ensuring animal welfare standards and the logistics of single housing male animals were also mentioned as barriers.

Roughly a third of respondents had questions about the changes, particularly around:

  • When the new expectation would begin to apply and how compliance would be ensured
  • How and when MRC would grant exceptions for single sex studies
  • How MRC would handle grants where costs were significantly increased due to using both sexes of animal

The support from MRC that was identified as being most helpful was:

  • Advice from MRC Head Office about applications
  • Training in statistical design and analysis
  • Written guidance
  • Case studies or worked examples

We did

As a result of this feedback, we have been working to make more information available about the upcoming change and to ensure the research community receives the necessary support. We have:

  • Updated our Guidance for Applicants with details about how to comply with these new expectations
  • Made it clear that there is no retrospective application of this requirement for grants that have already been awarded
  • Clarified that the requirement of including both sexes does not mean ‘balancing’ or using equal numbers of both sexes, as for many experiments this would result in unnecessary use of animals, but including both sexes as appropriate for the experimental design 
  • Made the cases where MRC will consider single sex studies clearer both on our website and in our Guidance for Applicants
  • Planned a webinar for applicants together with NC3Rs to be held on 21 July 2022, in which animal handling and statistical design will be discussed, and applicants can ask questions
  • Made it clearer on our website that there is no cap on MRC awards, and researchers should submit grant costings based on the cost of performing the work, and justified by the importance and potential of the work

In the coming months, we will:

  • Update our guidance to Peer Reviewers to ensure proposals submitted to the deadlines starting from September 2022 are reviewed in accordance with the new requirements
  • Develop case studies to show the level of information that would be required in applications, including examples of where single sex studies would be appropriate
  • Ensure that MRC Programme Managers are available to support applicants that have further questions
  • Look into what other support we can provide

We asked

In November 2020 we asked for input on which funders UKRI should recognise as an endorsed funder under the Global Talent Visa.

The Global Talent Visa is an immigration route provided by the UK Government to provide a fast and efficient visa offer to those working in science and research. Under the scheme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can recognise other funders as an ‘Endorsed Funder’. 

We want to increase the number of endorsed funders. Endorsed funders may be based in the UK or internationally.

You said

We have had nine responses with a total of 27 funders suggested to UKRI.  

66 percent of you said that this tool was ‘Good’ or ‘Very good’.

We did

This was an expression of interest stage and was the first step in the process to becoming a recognised funder. We will now review the organisations that have been nominated and will decide whether or not to take these forward via our due diligence process.

We will update this section in January 2021 to update on progress. Thanks to your feedback we will look to use this tool again in Spring 2021 to ask for more input of who UKRI sound recognised as an endorsed funder.