List of UK government scientific research institutes

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This article contains a list of scientific research institutes in the United Kingdom that are owned by the government.

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department of Health

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Ministry of Defence

Medical Research Council

Natural Environment Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Formerly Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

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Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) was one of a number of research councils in the United Kingdom. It directed, coordinated and funded research in particle physics and astronomy for the people of the UK. Its head office was at Polaris House in Swindon, Wiltshire, but it also operated three scientific sites: the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) in La Palma and the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC) in Hawaii. It published the Frontiers magazine three times a year, containing news and highlights of the research and outreach programmes it supports.

University of Hertfordshire

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United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

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Medical Research Council (United Kingdom) State institution responsible for co-ordinating and funding medical research in the United Kingdom

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is responsible for co-coordinating and funding medical research in the United Kingdom. It is part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), which came into operation 1 April 2018, and brings together the UK's seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. UK Research and Innovation is answerable to, although politically independent from, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Cranfield University

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is a non-departmental public body (NDPB), and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a marine science research and technology institution based on two sites in Southampton and Liverpool, United Kingdom. It is the UK’s largest institution for integrated sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is an executive agency of the United Kingdom government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It carries out a wide range of research, advisory, consultancy, monitoring and training activities for a large number of customers around the world.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is the United Kingdom's national Antarctic operation. It is part of the Natural Environment Research Council. With over 400 staff, BAS takes an active role in Antarctic affairs, operating five research stations, two ships and five aircraft in both polar regions, as well as addressing key global and regional issues. This involves joint research projects with over 40 UK universities and more than 120 national and international collaborations.

Research Councils UK

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a United Kingdom government agency that carries out research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.

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National College of Agricultural Engineering

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Executive agency

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Cray XC40 Supercomputer manufactured by Cray

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References

  1. "Silsoe Research Institute", University of Reading, retrieved and archived 24 October 2015,