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Welcome to the UKRI Engagement Hub.

Open Activities

  • Review of SAS Funding

    You have been invited to complete this survey to provide information that will facilitate the review of Research England’s funding for the School of Advanced Study (SAS) that is being led by Dame Janet Finch . The survey will close at 5pm on Monday 12 June 2023. In completing this survey, you...

    Closes 12 June 2023

  • Review of SAS Funding – Survey for REAG members

    You have been invited to complete this survey to provide information that will facilitate the review of Research England’s funding for the School of Advanced Study (SAS) that is being undertaken by REAG . The survey will close at 5pm on Monday 19 June 2023. As you know, REAG will meet...

    Closes 19 June 2023

  • Review of SAS Funding – Survey for SAS Institute Chairs

    You have been invited to complete this survey to provide information that will facilitate the review of Research England’s funding for the School of Advanced Study (SAS) that is being undertaken by REAG . The survey will close at 5pm on Monday 19 June 2023. You have been invited to...

    Closes 19 June 2023

  • UKRI Interdisciplinary Assessment College

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications from across the research system for panel chairs and panel members for a new “Interdisciplinary Assessment College” (IAC). This is a unique opportunity to be part of an important new approach to funding interdisciplinary research. ...

    Closes 20 June 2023

  • UKRI cross research council responsive mode scheme: webinar registration survey

    To support the launch of the UKRI cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme, we are holding two webinars for prospective applicants and professional research support staff. This webinar will cover: an overview and scope of round 1 of the UKRI cross...

    Closes 22 June 2023

  • Community Feedback Form: Transdisciplinary funding to tackle AMR

    Following the recent community meetings for the transdisciplinary funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) programme we are interested in receiving feedback from the community on both the meetings and the upcoming call. We are keen to gather feedback from attendees on the...

    Closes 30 June 2023

  • JSS Webinar Survey

    JSS are interested in your opinion of the webinar that you have attended. If you would like to give feedback, please complete our short survey.

    Closes 30 June 2023

  • FLF Round 8 Inclusive Selection Statement Survey

    Academic host organisations who are submitting applications to Round 8 of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme must complete this survey prior to the closing date for full applications of 4:00pm UK time on 4 July 2023. Full proposals submitted by host...

    Closes 18 July 2023

  • JSS Service Feedback

    JSS are interested in your opinion of the service you have received. If you would like to give feedback please complete our quick feedback form

    Closes 31 August 2023

Closed Activities

  • Research England Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring questionnaire

    Research England aims to create an inclusive research and innovation environment, by identifying and removing barriers in our practices. Completing this monitoring form will help us achieve this, and also help us meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010. We are asking all applicants to...

    Closed 9 June 2023

  • Research England Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Expert Advisory Group Application Form

    The deadline for applications for these roles is 23:59 (UK time) on Tuesday 6 June 2023. Person specification information and further information about the opportunity can be found on the UKRI Advisory Opportunities page ( Advise UKRI and the councils – UKRI ). If you require...

    Closed 6 June 2023

  • EMINENT Leadership Development Course for MRC Clinical Fellows

    The MRC-GSK Experimental Medicine Initiative to Explore New Therapies (EMINENT) network are running a leadership development course as part of their training programme for their early career scientists and fellows. The network is keen to engage with other MRC Fellows and have secured an...

    Closed 30 May 2023

  • Feedback & contribute to the next Global Mobility Evidence Report

    The global mobility evidence report is based on the key findings of collated sources of evidence on the international mobility of researchers, especially in relation to their entry to the UK. UKRI e ngage d with upwards of 40 organisations across government...

    Closed 31 March 2023

  • Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies: Survey of academic gene therapy viral vector needs

    About the Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies The Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies are helping academic researchers across the UK to take their gene therapy research into clinical trials, by providing access to high-quality viral vectors and essential translational support and...

    Closed 28 February 2023

We Asked, You Said, We Did

See what we've consulted on.

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.

We asked

In October 2020 we asked for feedback on the Future Leaders Fellowships proposed terms and process for the +3 funding point within the 4+3 model. 

You said

We were really delighted with the constructive and detailed feedback that we gained from the 20 responses. These responses came from 17 existing Fellows and 3 staff members based at Host Organisations.


Mostly the comments were positive about the terms and process for the +3 funding point and have given us steer on how to communicate our processes with Fellows and Host Organisations, as well as informing our approach to supporting documents to guide Fellows through the application process.   


The themes that emerged from feedback included:

  • Fixed funding limit of £500k UKRI contribution  
  • Assessment of original objectives and the impact of challenges
  • Review timing factors with no-cost extensions and maternity/ paternity
  • Process of obtaining reviews, guidance on the renewal process for reviewers and the opportunity for fellows to respond to comments
  • Further guidance on the flexibility for Fellows to undertake non-fellowship activities
  • Bigger window to receive and assess proposals.

We did

As a result of what you said, putting together detailed guidance on all the topics you raised in your feedback.


Which will include more details on:

  • Advice on costing the £500k +3 period including the role of other sources of support for your fellowship.
  • How your fellowship progress and plans for phase two will be assessed, including guidance on pursuing ‘new’ lines of enquiry
  • The response stage that will allow fellows to respond to reviewer comments.
  • The guidance to reviewers on taking into account the impact of challenges faced in the first four years of funding, including the impact of the pandemic on plans (fellows will not be ‘penalised’ for being disrupted).
  • The range of activities a panel will assess
  • No cost extensions and impact of review timing (timing will be adjusted to take any no costs extensions into account).
  • confirmation that fellows are not in competition with one another


We will extend the window to receive and assess proposals. Further guidance on the flexibility for Fellows to undertake non-fellowship activities will be made available.


Further details and full guidance will be published in April 2021.