Appointment of Council Members





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We are delighted that you are interested in becoming a member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Councils.

UKRI was established three years ago, bringing together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. This reach across all disciplines and all sectors, coupled with an annual budget of £8bn, makes UKRI a key hub in the research and innovation system. Our vision is to steward an outstanding research and innovation system for the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. We aim to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving inclusive system that connects discovery with prosperity and public good.

Each of the nine Councils have Council members who play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance. UKRI’s strength comes from deep engagement with the community. Council members are tasked to provide input, intelligence and feedback from their communities and stakeholder groups. They work closely with their Executive Chair to develop and deliver their council's aims and objectives and to shape and support UKRI's overall mission.

We are seeking candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including those with fresh perspectives from business, civil society, academia and government.  We place equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of UKRI’s vision, and know that it is only when we support and foster the widest possible range of talent that we are nurturing the best possible research and innovation, harnessed in the service of society. It is therefore critical for our Councils to encompass and benefit from a diversity of perspectives, expertise and experiences.  

Once again thank you for your interest.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive Officer


UKRI Council Recruitment

UK Research and Innovation, the UK’s leading research funding agency, is seeking to appoint Council members across six of the seven Research Councils and Research England. Each Council is led by an Executive Chair, supported by a council of between five and twelve members.

The Councils have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping us to achieve our strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation.

Council members are appointed by the Nominations and Remuneration Committee on behalf of the UKRI Board, on the recommendation of the Executive Chair and with the endorsement of the Chief Executive Officer. The exact membership will take into account the specific needs of each Council.

The Council members will between them have a broad range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across higher education, industry, commerce, policy and/or civil society and the relevant user communities for each Council, reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds.

Please click on the council logos below to visit their respective websites. 

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How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following documents to

  • Comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements. Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

  • Supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out, with clear examples, how you meet the essential criteria as highlighted in the Person Specification. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application, it is an evidence-based document and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV. Please include where you heard about this role. e.g.: Perrett Laver, Council & UKRI Websites, Guardian Online, Diversity Jobsite, Civil Service Jobs, LinkedIn, Other - please specify.

Find Out More

To download the brochure for your council of interest please click "Find Out More"

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Research England

Who To Talk To

Dr Dong Liu
Dr Dong Liu
Dr Goran Gregorovic
Dr Goran Gregorovic
Senior Consultant
Dr Graham Little
Dr Graham Little
Partner and Global Head, Research, Technology and Innovation
Fiona Carruthers
Fiona Carruthers
Partner, UK Higher Education

Further Reading

UKRI Corporate Plan

UKRI Delivery Plans

UKRI Governance and Structure

Current UKRI Council Members