UKRI World Class Laboratories Fund

UKRI have allocated £88 million in FY2020/21 to enable research institutes and universities to maintain and improve current research facilities, ensuring UK researchers have access to world-leading laboratory facilities, equipment and digital resources.

This funding is part of the £300 million investment in world-class research infrastructure announced by the Government in July 2020.


  • support pioneering science and innovation in the UK
  • deliver benefits to the UK economy and society
  • help tackle global challenges including coronavirus and climate change.


The funding has been awarded under three packages:

Package 1

A total of £61 million has been allocated by Research England and the devolved funding bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to enable providers to make existing research infrastructure COVID-safe through modifications, as well as necessary maintenance.

The funding distribution is based on an average of three years Research Council funding (HERC data) for each provider.

Package 2

£12 million has been allocated to support the maintenance, refurbishment and improvement of eligible existing infrastructure from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). Being able to offer ongoing support to UKRI’s flagship infrastructure investments enables UKRI to continue to support excellent UK research.

The funding has been distributed in proportion to a providers UKRPIF project award.

Package 3

£12.5 million has been allocated in England to address differences in regional research capacity through infrastructure investment. An equivalent funding allocation has been made available by the devolved funding bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A regional weighting has been applied to formula Research Capital Infrastructure funding (RCIF) allocations.



North East


East Midlands


West Midlands


South West


Yorkshire and the Humber


North West


South East




East of England


Provider allocations – England only

Allocations from the UKRI WCL fund 2020-21 - Packages 1,2,3 (Excel, 24KB)