Catapult eligibility for funding

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Following the government’s Catapult Network Review 2021, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has changed its funding rules.

Catapults who meet the research councils funding eligibility criteria will be allowed “to collaborate on projects of mutual interest to the network and the research and innovation landscape”.

To implement this change UKRI will open grant competitions available to independent research organisations (IROs) and public sector research establishments (PSREs) to Catapults.

Eligibility process

All organisations must pass first the research council eligibility process, including meeting the following criteria:

  • an organisation wishing to become an eligible IRO, PSRE or Catapult must have a minimum of 10 researchers with doctoral level qualifications (or equivalent experience) employed by the organisation and paid through payroll
  • have an average research income in excess of £0.5 million per annum over the last three years.

Catapults who apply for and meet UKRI funding eligibility will be able to apply to opportunities that are open on or after 1 June 2022.

Eligibility guidance has been updated.

Catapults have been contacted directly by UKRI Innovate UK to inform them of this change and point them to the new guidance.

Further details of the eligibility process can be found here: which organisations are eligible.

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