Strength in Places Fund call

31 May 2018

UK Research & Innovation's Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is an ambitious scheme that will help areas of lower economic activity benefit from the world-class research and innovation capability spread across the UK.

SIPF will bring together research organisations, business and local leadership on projects that will lead to significant economic impact, high-value job creation and regional growth.

The fund will identify and support existing research and innovation clusters and collaborations across the UK. Successful bids will be those that can demonstrate the greatest proportionate economic benefit to their locality by aligning excellent research and high-quality innovation capability to the needs of local industry. Projects will be led by either a research organisation or a business, but will include both research organisation(s) and business.

SIPF will operate in two stages. In the first, consortia will respond to a call for Expressions of Interest during summer 2018. Up to £50,000 will be available in initial funding to develop full-stage proposals over a period of six months.

The deadline for EOI submission is Wednesday 25 July 2018.

For more information, please see the Strength in Places Fund call - external link or attend a UKRI stakeholder event focusing on place (PDF) - external link.

Successful bids to this stage will be announced in autumn 2018. In the second stage, those awarded initial funding will be able to bid for up to £50 million of funding.