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The following opportunities are currently open:

Catalyst Fund

The fund commits up to £45 million in annual funding. This money aims to drive innovation in the HE sector, enhance excellence and efficiency in HE, and support innovative solutions at a time of changes to funding and regulation. 

Deadline: There is normally no deadline for submitting proposals; we consider proposals at any time.

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Connecting Capability Fund: second round

Funding is available to incentivise university collaboration in research commercialisation to contribute to the delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, based on established Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) methods. 

Guidance published in April for the first round of CCF competition will be used to allocate funds in the second round, without change.

Deadline: HEFCE-funded higher education institutions should submit second round bids to by noon on Monday 6 November 2017.

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UK Research Partnership Investment Fund: round six

A further £220 million is available to universities across the UK for the development of leading-edge research facilities that support collaboration and excellent research.


Please inform the UKRPIF team at HEFCE of your intention to submit an expression of interest (EOI) by noon on Friday 10 November 2017.

EOIs should then be submitted by noon on Friday 12 January 2018.

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Page last updated 19 September 2017