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Programme Partners

This core programme has a coordination role in the UK's e-Science initiative and represents a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry, industrial sponsors and 7 research councils:


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the leading funding agency for academic research and training in the biosciences at universities and institutes throughout the UK.


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the largest of the seven UK Research Councils. It funds research and
postgraduate training in universities and other organisations throughout the UK.


The ESRC is the UK's largest independent funding agency for research and postgraduate training into social and economic issues.


The MRC aims to improve health by promoting research into all areas of medical and related science. It supports medical research in three main ways: through its research establishments; grants to individual scientists; and support for post graduate students.


The United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) provides independent research and training in the environmental sciences. Our mission is to gather and apply knowledge, improve understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources.


PPARC funds UK research, education and public understanding in its four broad areas of science - particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and space science.


The Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC), formed by Royal Charter on 1 April 1995, is owned and operated by the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC). CCLRC is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Office of Science and Technology, part of the Department of Trade and Industry.
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