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The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 15 April 2016.

How to apply to the fund

To apply for the fund, please read the guidance and submission documents. Then email researchpartnership@hefce.ac.uk by 15 April 2016 to indicate your intention to apply and for further details on how to submit a bid.

Aims of the fund

The fund has four main objectives. These 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 HE research
  • strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth.

The fund supports large-scale projects that can also attract private investment. 

Background information

The fund was originally set up in 2012. Since then HEFCE has allocated over £500 million to 34 projects running between 2014-17, attracting £1.4 billion of investment from business and charities.

In the 2015 Budget, the government announced a further £400 million funding for the period to 2021. This call relates to funding of up to £200 million available to 2020. A further round of the competition will take place for funding beyond this period.

Further information

Queries about the fund should be submitted to researchpartnership@hefce.ac.uk.

Page last updated 16 December 2015