UK Research & Innovation strength in places fund

Fund Name: Strength in places
Project Length: Projects start in June 2019 and end by April 2024
Project Value: Share of £50M
Deadline: 25/07/2018

Summary

This first competition stage of the Strength in Places fund 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.

The Strength in Places fund is open to projects focusing on any one technological area, sector or discipline. Your proposal can draw on a mix of capital and revenue funding as relevant to the activities proposed.

Competition aims

Your project proposal should take a place-based approach to research and innovation funding. It must describe the business need that can be met by existing research strengths in your defined geographic area. Successful projects will undertake a range of research and innovation activities which must have a demonstrable impact on growing economic ‘clusters’ that supports local economic growth.

Your EoI will outline the activities to be undertaken within a full stage project proposal including, where appropriate:

  • scale
  • nature of partnerships
  • co-investment

The fund will support geographic areas within the UK. These range from city-scale to areas that cover multiple local authorities, as well as those crossing regional and/or country boundaries. The size and scope of the area must match the economic geography of the supply chain or local industry that the proposal focuses on. You must give evidence to justify the choice of area. This geographical area should also reflect the range and choice of partners involved in the collaboration.

Consortia are invited to express an interest in submitting a full stage project to be funded between £10 million and £50 million. EoIs that demonstrate the strongest potential against the fund criteria will receive up to £50,000 to fund development of a full proposal. This will be over a period of 24 weeks between October 2018 and March 2019.

Eligibility

Eligible activities for full proposals include:

1. providing the capacity to commercialise ideas

2. assessing the potential for demand for the new technology and the potential for scale-up

3. drawing in overseas research and development or business

4. reviving underlying technologies

5. transferring technologies between industries

To be eligible for funding you must be both:

  • a business or a publicly funded research organisation (University, Research Institutes, Catapult and other Research Technology Organisation (RTO))
  • a member of a consortium that includes at least one business and one research organisation

To lead a project you must be either:

  • a UK publicly funded research organisation or
  • a UK-based business of any size

The lead organisation must demonstrate the ability and experience in running large-scale research and innovation grant awards.

To be a member of a consortium you must:

  • be a business of any size
  • be a research organisation
  • or a non-grant claiming partner representing local civic partners such as a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Combined Authorities (CA), enterprise bodies and similar economic agencies across the 4 nations of the UK.

Consortium members’ costs will count towards the total project costs. They can provide co-investment to support the project however they cannot lead the project, or receive direct support from UK Research and Innovation.

Consortia are invited to express an interest in submitting a full stage project to be funded between £10 million and £50 million. EoIs that demonstrate the strongest potential against the fund criteria will receive up to £50,000 to fund development of a full proposal. This will be over a period of 24 weeks between October 2018 and March 2019.

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