Strength in Places Fund: second funding wave announced

08/05/2019

Strength in Places Fund: second funding wave announced

UK Research and Innovation has launched wave two of its flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF).

The £236m SIPF brings together research organisations, business, and local leadership on projects that will lead to significant economic impact, high-value job creation, and local economic growth.

Bids are invited from consortia that can demonstrate the greatest proportionate economic benefit to their locality by aligning excellent research and high-quality innovation capability to the needs of local industry. Projects must be led by either a research organisation or a business, but should include both research organisation(s) and business.

SIPF will operate in two stages. In the first, consortia will respond to a call for Expressions of Interest between May and October 2019.

Successful bids to this first stage will be awarded up to £50,000 to develop full-stage proposals over a period of six months. In the second stage, those awarded early-stage funding will be eligible to bid for up to £50m of funding to carry out projects designed to drive significant local economic growth.

For full call information, visit Strength in Places Fund, or attend one of the stakeholder events taking place across the country during May and June 2019.

The deadline for EOI submissions for Wave Two of SIPF is 9 October 2019.

SIPF was announced in the Industrial Strategy White Paper in November 2017 as a new competitive fund to support areas to build on their science and innovation strengths and develop stronger local networks.

SIPF is part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) that contributes to the UK Government’s target to reach 2.4% of GDP investment in R&D by 2027, and 3% in the longer term.

Contact

For media enquiries please email the Communications Team.

Notes

  1. UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

    Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Economic and Social Research Council; Innovate UK; Medical Research Council; Natural Environment Research Council; Research England; and Science and Technology Facilities Council.
     
  2. The UK Government announced the Strength in Places Fund in the Industrial Strategy White Paper. The White Paper highlighted the important role science, research, innovation and skills provision play in driving productivity and economic growth throughout the regions and nations of the UK. The UKRI Strength in Places Fund therefore forms part of the activity undertaken as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) that will be contributing to the UK Government’s target to reach 2.4% of GDP investment in R&D by 2027. The fund is part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) that contributes to the UK Government’s target to reach 2.4% of GDP investment in R&D by 2027, and 3% in the longer term. Government unveils Industrial Strategy to boost productivity and earning power of people across the UK.

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