Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Pre-announcement: UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round seven

Apply for funding for an infrastructure and capital project that underpins excellent research.

You must be a UK higher education provider (HEP) or partner research institute eligible for Research England funding.

Your university-led research infrastructure project must:

  • enhance the research facilities of HEPs
  • encourage strategic partnerships between HEPs and other active research organisations
  • stimulate more investment in higher education research
  • strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth.

We will fund capital services and goods only until 31 March 2025.

You must source double matched co-investment from private sources, through capital and in-kind contributions.

This is a pre-announcement and the information may change.

The funding opportunity will open in July 2022. More information will be available on this page by then.

Who can apply

Funding is available to all UK HEPs eligible for research funding from either:

  • Research England
  • SFC
  • DfENI.

You must have a significant track record of research excellence.

Funding is also available to research institutes that receive core funding from UKRI and are wholly owned by a research council, provided the project is in partnership with a lead HEP. This is to help address key social challenges where relevant expertise is not available in the higher education research base.

What we're looking for

The funding available is not discipline or sector-specific. However, projects should support national strategic priorities for research and innovation.

Applicants are required to source double matched co-investment from private sources, via capital and in-kind contributions, that will directly support the proposed capital activity or the research it supports.

Funding is available for capital services and goods only. Applicants should demonstrate how the operations of the proposed capital activity will be financially sustained.

Applicants for this round will have the option to choose between two tranches:

  • tranche one: a one-stage process in which full-stage applications will be submitted directly. This is for projects at a more mature stage of development, where the shorter timescale is expected to be more responsive to live opportunities
  • tranche two: a two-stage process, with an ‘expression of interest’ stage followed by submission of full bids. This is for projects that require further development before they are ready for assessment (for example, partnership development, planning permission).

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Additional info

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) was established in 2012. Since then, Research England, and its predecessor the Higher Education Council for England, has allocated over £900 million to 53 projects across the UK through six rounds of competition. This investment has attracted over £2.2 billion of additional investment from business, charities and philanthropic partners.

This is the integrated website of the seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK.
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