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UK Research partnership investment fund

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities. The fund was originally set up in 2012.

In June 2013, the government announced further funding for 2015 to2017.

Latest funding opportunities

We have now launched the bidding process for 2015-16. The deadline for applications is 24 January 2014.

This follows the Government’s announcement that it would extend the fund to 2016-17, making at least £100 million of match-funding available each year to leverage private investment.

A further call for bids relating to funding for 2016-2017 will follow.

Aims of the fund

The fund has four main objectives. These are to:

  • enhance the research facilities of higher education institutions (HEIs) undertaking world-leading research
  • encourage strategic partnerships between HEIs and other organisations active in research
  • stimulate additional investment in HE research
  • strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth.

The fund supports large-scale projects that can also attract private investment.

Funded projects

In rounds one and two over £301 million was allocated to 22 projects, attracting at least £826 million of private investment.  

Institution nameBid focusFunding Region
Brunel University Structural integrity research centre £15,000,000 London
Imperial College London Imperial West Technology Campus £35,000,000 London
King’s College London Research and innovation in Cancer £15,000,000 London
Queen's University Belfast Institute of Health Sciences £10,502,000 Northern Ireland
Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute £11,650,000 Wales
University College London Centre for Children’s Rare Disease Research £10,000,000 London
University College London The Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) £11,104,400 London
University of Birmingham Casting and simulation research facility £20,000,000 West Midlands
University of Cambridge The Maxwell Centre £21,031,500 East
University of Dundee Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research £11,916,000 Scotland
University of Glasgow Clinical research facilities for stratified medicine £10,000,000 Scotland
University of Liverpool Materials Innovation Factory £11,000,000 North West
University of Manchester Paterson Institute for Cancer Research £12,800,000 North West
University of Manchester Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility (MCF) £18,017,381 North West
University of Nottingham Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Chemistry  £10,350,000 East Midlands
University of Oxford Big Data Institute £10,000,000 South East
University of Oxford Target Discovery Institute £10,000,000 South East
University of Sheffield The AMRC Factory 2050 £10,000,000 Yorkshire & Humber
University of Southampton Experimentation facilities in engineering science £10,000,000 South East
University of Strathclyde Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation Research for Pharmaceutical Products £11,400,000 Scotland
University of Surrey 5G Centre £11,635,000 South East
University of Warwick National Automotive Innovation Campus £15,000,000 West Midlands
Total   £301,406,281  

Future funding

The Government announced further funding as part of the spending round for 2015-16.  We will publish more about the next round of funding on these pages. 

Further information

Queries about the fund and all applications should be submitted to researchpartnership@hefce.ac.uk.

Page last updated 5 December 2013

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