The Research Councils Energy Programme (RCEP) brings together within one framework all the Research Council activities on energy research and training. The Research Councils, funded from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Science & Research Budget, are the main UK government agencies responsible for funding basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training in science, engineering and the arts in academia and research institutes. The RCEP aims to position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through world-class research and training. The Energy Programme is investing more than GBP 625 million in research and skills to pioneer a low-carbon future. This builds on an investment of GBP 839 million over the past eight years (December 2011). Led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Energy Programme brings together the work of EPSRC and that of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).