UK Research Partnership Investment Fund
The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities.
Now in its sixth round of operation, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) is the largest competitive grant funding scheme managed by Research England. Established in 2012, the UKRPIF has provided over £680 million of capital funding to 43 research projects across the UK in its first five rounds, attracting £1.73 billion in double-match funding from non-public sources.
The objectives of the UKRPIF 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 higher education research and;
- Strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth
In 2017 Belmana Consulting and Middlesex University carried out an interim evaluation of the UKRPIF scheme. The final report can be viewed here.
Emerging research outcomes
With 21 projects now complete we are starting to realise some of the benefits of the UKRPIF investment. These include:
- Increase in translational research transforming discovery science into healthcare solutions.
- Standard-setting and thought leadership establishing research centres in the UK as leaders of industry standards.
- Positive impact on international collaborations including partnerships with universities, industry and charities outside of the UK.
- Co-location of academic staff with industry representatives and partner employees, fostering knowledge exchange and shared expertise across groups.
- Positive impact on research outputs such as academic papers, policy white papers, licenses and patents.
- Changes to operating models, including the replacement of dispersed research equipment spread across labs, by single, open-plan laboratories.
- Positive impact on market readiness of research for use by consumers and society with products rolled out, patent applications and revenues from intellectual property (IP).
- Increase in PhD student numbers and post-doctoral research associates linked to the prevalence of industry sponsorship in UKRPIF facilities.
UK Research Partnership Investment Fund
The competition for round 6 of UKRPIF is now underway. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest has now closed. All institutions invited to submit to stage two have been notified and bids should be emailed to email@example.com by noon Monday 1 October.
How to apply for the fund
Institutions should ensure they will be able to meet the requirements for the fund outlined in the guidance, HEFCE 2017/15, before preparing to submit an expression of interest (EOI), and subsequently invited to submit a full bid.
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.
The fund was originally set up in 2012. Since then the former HEFCE allocated over £680 million to 43 projects running between 2014-20, attracting £1.65 billion of investment from business and charities.
Round six was launched in autumn 2017 and funding of up to £220 million will be available to 2021.
Following the passage of the Higher Education and Research Act, the research and knowledge exchange functions of HEFCE have formed a new organisation, Research England. From April 2018, Research England will be established as one of nine Councils within UK Research and Innovation. Responsibility for managing the UKRPIF programme will transfer to Research England from this date.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.
In rounds one to five over £680 million has been allocated to 43 projects, attracting over £1.65 billion of co-investment from business and charities.
|Institution name||Bid focus||Funding||Region|
|University of Bath||Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems||£28,910,000||South West|
|University of Birmingham||High Temperature Research Centre||£20,000,000||West Midlands|
|University of Birmingham||UK Rail Research Innovation Network||£28,086,000||West Midlands|
|Brunel University London||Structural integrity research centre||£15,000,000||London|
|Brunel University London||Advanced Metal Processing Centre||£15,000,000||London|
|University of Cambridge||The Maxwell Centre||£21,031,500||East|
|University of Cambridge||The Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease||£25,000,000||East|
|University of Cambridge||Chemistry of Health||£17,645,000||East|
|University of Cambridge||Centre for Crop Science||£16,928,000||East|
|University of Cardiff||Cardiff University Institute for Compound Semiconductors||£17,300,000||Wales|
|Cranfield University||Cranfield Aerospace Integration Research Centre||£10,000,000||East|
|Cranfield University||Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre||£15,500,000||East|
|University of Dundee||Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research||£11,916,000||Scotland|
|University of Edinburgh||Building a New Biology||£14,966,500||Scotland|
|University of Edinburgh||Centre for Tissue Repair||£10,700,00||Scotland|
|University of Glasgow||Clinical research facilities for stratified medicine||£10,000,000||Scotland|
|Imperial College London||Imperial West Technology Campus||£35,000,000||London|
|Imperial College London||Biomedical Engineering Hub||£20,000,000||London|
|Institute of Cancer Research||Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery||£30,000,000||London|
|King’s College London||Research and innovation hub in cancer||£15,000,000||London|
|King's College London||Neurological Psychiatric Imaging Research and Therapeutics Hub||£10,000,000||London|
|King’s College London||Advanced Therapies Centre||£10,164,789||London|
|University of Liverpool||Materials Innovation Factory||£11,000,000||North West|
|London School of Economics||The International Inequalities Research Institute||£32,176,500||London|
|University of Manchester||Manchester Cancer Research Centre||£12,800,000||North West|
|University of Manchester||Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility (MCF)||£18,017,381||North West|
|University of Manchester||Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre||£15,000,000||North West|
|University of Manchester||Alliance Manchester Business School||£9,666,429||North West|
|University of Nottingham||Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Chemistry||£10,350,000||East Midlands|
|University of Nottingham||Research and Innovation Centre for Power Electronics and Machines||£9,365,000||East Midlands|
|University of Oxford||The Oxford Target Discovery Institute||£10,000,000||South East|
|University of Oxford||Big Data Institute||£10,000,000||South East|
|Queen's University Belfast||Institute of Health Sciences||£10,502,000||Northern Ireland|
|University of Sheffield||The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Factory 2050||£10,000,000||Yorkshire & Humber|
|University of Southampton||Experimentation facilities in engineering science||£10,000,000||South East|
|University of Strathclyde||University of Strathclyde Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC)||£11,400,000||Scotland|
|University of Surrey||University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre||£11,635,000||South East|
|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 College London||Translational Neuroscience||£28,850,000||London|
|University of Warwick||Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory (APRL)||£14,500,000||West Midlands|
|University of Warwick||National Automotive Innovation Campus||£15,000,000||West Midlands|
Read the UKRPIF case studies which demonstrate the emerging outcomes and benefits of the scheme.