UKRI announces £24 million investment into adolescent mental health

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a major £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK. Seven newly funded and highly ambitious projects aim to generate a whole new understanding of the developing mind to enable young people to flourish. Adolescence is a vulnerable stage of life for mental health when the brain is known to be highly sensitive to external influences. Previous research has shown that 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 18 (Mental Health First Aid…

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NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War. The NetZeroPlus project, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter Business School, is one of five interdisciplinary projects that will receive a total of £31.5m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – with each project investigating a different method of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.   The…

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UKRI appoint Professor Christopher Smith as International Champion

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed Professor Christopher Smith as the new UKRI International Champion. Professor Smith is Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and has substantial international experience including a tenure as director of a leading UK research institute overseas. He will take up the role at the end of March 2021. It is a pivotal time for international research and innovation, with the UK forging new relationships in Europe and beyond, and as science and innovation continues to fight the global pandemic. Continuing…

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UKRI launch net zero webinar series

UKRI has announced a webinar series focused on how innovation, collaboration and engagement will come together to help the UK reach net zero by 2050. In the year the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit in November, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will use its role as a steward of the research and innovation system to bring our communities together. This is to create sustainable and resilient solutions, and encourage new behaviours and new ways of living that enable the UK to reach net…

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UKRI awards £171m in UK decarbonisation to nine projects

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a milestone in UK decarbonisation, with the award of £171 million funding across nine significant projects. The funding is being awarded through UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters phase two: deployment competition. It is delivered by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge. Significant emissions reduction In the competition, projects were expected to be able to support delivery of significant emissions reduction in at least one UK industrial cluster by 2030. This is in line with the Department for Business, Energy and…

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