Strength in Places Fund

The Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a UKRI programme that helps areas of the UK to build on existing strengths in research and innovation to deliver benefits for their local economy. It aims to:

  • support innovation-led regional growth
  • enhance local collaborations involving research and innovation.

Projects focus on a self-defined area anywhere in the UK, not limited by nations or regions.

All projects are collaborative and are led by consortiums that include both research organisations and businesses. Consortiums also need strong engagement from local leadership partners.

The fund is open to any sector, area of technology or research discipline.

Following initial assessment, we award each shortlisted consortium seed funding to develop their application for full funding. We consider the potential for impact on the local economy when selecting projects to receive full funding.

SIPF is funded from the Strategic Programmes budget (formerly the National Productivity Investment Fund).

There are no SIPF funding opportunities at the moment but if more become available we will publish them on our funding finder.

Last updated: 21 October 2021

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