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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 project proposals

Following on from the success of the first three rounds of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), HEFCE is inviting proposals 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).

Expressions of interest must be submitted to HEFCE by 10 October 2014 and will be shortlisted by the UKRPIF panel in November. The successful projects will be announced in the spring of 2015.

The guidance for submitting expressions of interest can be found below.

Download the guidance for expressions of interest

Download the UK Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund 2015-16: Guidance for full bids as PDF (237 KB)[add document]

Submissions template (Annex A)

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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, so far we have allocated £351 million to 25 projects, attracting at least £859 million of private investment. The remaining successful projects from round three will be announced shortly.

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 Nottingham Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Chemistry  £10,350,000 East Midlands
University of Oxford

Big Data Institute

£10,000,000 South East
University of Oxford

Target Discovery Institute

  South East
University of Oxford The Oxford targeted cancer research centre £10,000,000 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   £350,906,281  

Further information

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

Page last updated 1 September 2014

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