The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Royal Society receives a grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support its work on scientific excellence and innovation, science and mathematics education, international activities and science communication activities.
The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists. Through its Research Fellowships and funding programmes, the Society works in partnership with universities and industry to support excellent scientists.
The Society recognises and supports excellent scientists around the world though its many schemes which are open to UK and international scientists. It is also one of Delivery Partners for the UK governments’ Newton Fund.
The Royal Society provides independent, timely and authoritative scientific advice to UK, European and international decision makers. Its projects review the scientific evidence on major policy issues.