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UK Research partnership investment fund

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities. The fund was originally set up in 2012.

In June 2013, the Government announced further funding for 2015 to 2017.

Guidance for submitting full bid proposals

Following on from the success of the first three rounds of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), HEFCE invited further submissions from UK universities for large-scale projects (minimum £10 million from UKRPIF) that can attract twice as much funding from private sources (businesses, charities, individual donations).

We have now launched the bidding process for the second stage of UKRPIF, 2016-17. Only institutions that were successful at the expressions of interest phase of the process are invited to submit bids.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 9 January 2015.

Successful projects will be announced in the spring of 2015.

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.

Funded projects

In rounds one to three, we have allocated over £400 million to 27 projects, attracting over £1 billion of investment from business and charities.

We will allocate a further £100 million in round four to successful projects. 

Institution nameBid focusFunding Region
Brunel University Structural integrity research centre £15,000,000 London
Cranfield University Cranfield Aerospace Integration Research Centre  £10,000,000 East
Imperial College London Imperial West Technology Campus £35,000,000 London
King’s College London Research and innovation hub in cancer £15,000,000 London
Queen's University Belfast Institute of Health Sciences £10,502,000 Northern Ireland
Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute £11,650,000 Wales
University College London Centre for Children’s Rare Disease Research £10,000,000 London
University College London The Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) £11,104,400 London
University of Birmingham Casting and simulation research facility £20,000,000 West Midlands
University of Cambridge The Maxwell Centre £21,031,500 East
University of Cambridge The Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease £25,000,000 East
University of Dundee Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research £11,916,000 Scotland
University of Glasgow Clinical research facilities for stratified medicine £10,000,000 Scotland
University of Liverpool Materials Innovation Factory £11,000,000 North West
University of Manchester Paterson Institute for Cancer Research £12,800,000 North West
University of Manchester Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility (MCF) £18,017,381 North West
University of Manchester Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre  £15,000,000 North West
University of Nottingham Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Chemistry  £10,350,000 East Midlands
University of Oxford

The Oxford Target Discovery Institute

£10,000,000 South East
University of Oxford

Big Data Institute

£10,000,000 South East
University of Oxford

Precision Cancer Medicine Institute

£35,000,000 South East
University of Sheffield The AMRC Factory 2050 £10,000,000 Yorkshire & Humber
University of Southampton Experimentation facilities in engineering science £10,000,000 South East
University of Strathclyde Continuous manufacturing and crystallisation research for pharmaceutical products £11,400,000 Scotland
University of Surrey 5G Centre £11,635,000 South East
University of Warwick National Automotive Innovation Campus £15,000,000 West Midlands
University of Warwick Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory (APRL)  £14, 500, 000 West Midlands
Total   £400,906,281  

Further information

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

Page last updated 15 October 2014

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