UKRI UK Research Partnership & Investment Fund (RPIF)

Enhance the research facilities of universities undertaking world-leading research

  • Program Type

The largest competitive grant funding scheme managed by Research England. It is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities. Example of R&D of funding program.

UKRPIF funding for Space Park Leicester

The University of Leicester announced that its new Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research Centre (METEOR) has received nearly £14 million in funding through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). This funding will leverage a further £50 million of investments in space and Earth observation (EO) research in Leicester.

Emerging research outcomes

With 21 projects now complete we are starting to realise some of the benefits of the UKRPIF investment. These include:

  • Increase in translational research transforming discovery science into healthcare solutions.
  • Standard-setting and thought leadership establishing research centres in the UK as leaders of industry standards.
  • Positive impact on international collaborations including partnerships with universities, industry and charities outside of the UK.
  • Co-location of academic staff with industry representatives and partner employees, fostering knowledge exchange and shared expertise across groups.
  • Positive impact on research outputs such as academic papers, policy white papers, licenses and patents.
  • Changes to operating models, including the replacement of dispersed research equipment spread across labs, by single, open-plan laboratories.
  • Positive impact on market readiness of research for use by consumers and society with products rolled out, patent applications and revenues from intellectual property (IP).
  • Increase in PhD student numbers and post-doctoral research associates linked to the prevalence of industry sponsorship in UKRPIF facilities.
  • Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


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