Grant information

open now    Opened: 14 July 2022   |   Closes: 04 August 2022


Apply for funding for a large-scale capital project that will underpin excellent research.

The funding can be used to support the development of research infrastructure, including:

  • new buildings
  • major refurbishment of existing facilities
  • the purchase of high-cost research equipment.

Your project will:

  • enable and strengthen strategic partnerships with private organisations to reach shared research goals of strategic national importance
  • unlock private investment in the sector.

Projects are required to secure double match co-investment from private sources.

This funding is for capital goods and services only and is available between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2025.

Funding Type


Who can apply

Funding is available to all UK higher education providers (HEPs) eligible for research funding from either:

  • Research England
  • SFC
  • DfENI.

You must have a significant track record of research excellence.

Funding is also available to research institutes that receive core funding from UK Research and Innovation and are wholly owned by a research council, provided the project is in partnership with a lead HEP. This is to help address key social challenges where relevant expertise is not available in the higher education research base.

What UKRI is looking for

UKRI are looking to fund the development of ground-breaking, large-scale research infrastructure in higher education providers undertaking excellent research.

This includes projects that will deliver:

  • new buildings
  • major refurbishment of existing facilities
  • the purchase of high-cost research equipment.

Projects should be developed to enable and strengthen strategic partnerships with private organisations to tackle shared research goals of strategic national importance.

This could include sharing buildings or equipment or establishing a new research campus as part of a partnership.

The funding available is not discipline or sector-specific. However, projects should support national strategic priorities for research and innovation.

Applicants are required to source double matched co-investment from private sources, via capital and in-kind contributions, which will directly support the proposed capital activity or the research it supports.

Funding is available for capital services and goods only. Applicants should demonstrate how the operations of the proposed capital activity will be financially sustained.

Round seven applicants have the option to choose between two tranches:

  • tranche one: a one-stage process in which full bids will be submitted directly. This is for projects at a more mature stage of development, where the shorter timescale is expected to be more responsive to live opportunities
  • tranche two: a two-stage process, with an ‘expression of interest’ stage followed by submission of full bids. This is for projects that require further development before they are ready for assessment (for example, those requiring further partnership development or securing planning permission).

For full detailed guidance, please refer to UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round seven: guidance for applicants (PDF, 330KB).


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