UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund

A new competitive scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional economic growth.

Consortia of UK businesses and publicly funded research organisations can apply for up to £50 million per application.
To be successful, applications must build on their existing research and innovation capability and present a valid plan of new research and innovation activities. These should have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth.
Project consortia must be based within the project’s geographical area and have the support of local civic leadership.
Projects can be led by either a UK based business or a UK publicly funded research organisation.
This first competition stage is an expression of interest (EoI). Consortia will set out plans for large collaborative proposals. Following assessment, successful EoIs will be selected to receive up to £50,000 in ‘seedcorn funding’ to further develop a proposal for a full stage project.

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There is up to £50,000 seedcorn funding for successful EoIs to develop full stage proposals between October 2018 and April 2019.There is between £10 million and £50 million funding for full stage proposals.Projects start in June 2019 and end by April 2024

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