Strength in Places Fund

The Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a UKRI programme that helps areas of the UK to build on existing strengths in research and innovation to deliver benefits for their local economy. It aims to:

  • support innovation-led regional growth
  • enhance local collaborations involving research and innovation.

Projects focus on a self-defined area anywhere in the UK, not limited by nations or regions.

All projects are collaborative and are led by consortiums that include both research organisations and businesses. Consortiums also need strong engagement from local leadership partners.

The fund is open to any sector, area of technology or research discipline.

Following initial assessment, we award each shortlisted consortium seed funding to develop their application for full funding. We consider the potential for impact on the local economy when selecting projects to receive full funding.

SIPF is funded from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

How to apply

There are no Strength in Places funding opportunities at the moment. We will update this page if a new opportunity launches.

What has been funded so far

There have been two waves of SIPF.

Wave one

In wave one, 23 projects were awarded up to £50,000 seed funding and seven of these were selected for full funding. This is a total investment of £187 million.

These are the projects selected for full funding.

Watch videos about these projects on the Strength in Places YouTube playlist.

CS Connected

Semiconductor materials in South Wales led by Cardiff University.

Read about CS Connected.

Decarbonisation of maritime transportation – a return to commercial sailing

Zero emissions sailing in Belfast led by Artemis Technologies.

Read about decarbonisation of maritime transportation – a return to commercial sailing.

Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence

Financial technology in Central Scotland led by University of Edinburgh.

Read about Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence.

The Living Laboratory

Precision medicine in the Glasgow city region led by University of Glasgow.

Read about The Living Laboratory.

Infection Innovation Consortium

Infectious disease therapeutics in Liverpool and Cheshire led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Read about Infection Innovation Consortium.


Creative media in Bristol and Bath led by University of Bristol.

Read about MyWorld.

Growing Kent and Medway

Climate-smart food production and processing in Kent and Medway led by National Institute for Agricultural Botany EMR.

Read about Growing Kent and Medway.

Wave one seedcorn-funded projects

Read about the 23 projects awarded seedcorn funding in wave one.

Wave two

In wave two, 17 projects were awarded up to £50,000 seed funding. This is an initial investment of £850,000 by UKRI. Projects selected for full funding will be announced in due course.

Wave two seedcorn-funded projects

Read about the 17 projects awarded seedcorn funding in wave two.

Last updated: 31 August 2021

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