UK Research Partnership Investment Fund
The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities.
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 £900 million of capital funding to 54 research projects across the UK in six rounds, attracting over £2bn billion in committed double-match funding from non-public sources.
Funding for Round 6 of UKRPIF has been announced. 11 projects have been awarded a total of £221m of funding, securing over £450m in co-investment from businesses, charities and philanthropic donors.
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
Applications for UKRPIF are currently closed. View application guidance for Round 6 (PDF).
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.