The Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding to support significant regional growth. SIPF is led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in partnership with the higher education funding bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Office for Students.
SIPF funds collaborative projects between businesses and research organisations, acting in local geographies and backed by relevant local stakeholders, to support innovation-led local growth across any technological area, sector or research area.
Throughout May and June 2019 we will hold a series of information events to publicise the scope and expectations of the upcoming SIPF Wave 2 funding call. Events are targeted at representatives from business and research organisations. Attendance at this meeting is not a pre-requisite for submitting a SIPF proposal. An audio recording of the presentations and slides will be made available on the UKRI website after the events.
The high level aims of SIPF are:
1.To support innovation-led relative regional growth by identifying and supporting areas of R&D strengths that are:
- driving clusters of businesses across a range of sizes that have potential to innovate, or to adopt new technologies;
- in order that those clusters will become nationally and internationally competitive.
2. To enhance local collaborations involving research and innovation. Building on the underpinning regional economic impact role of universities, research institutes, Catapults and other R&D facilities (such as Innovation and Knowledge Centres - IKCs); and engaging those businesses at the forefront of delivering economic growth through innovation within the identified economic geography.
More information on the Strength in Places Fund, including documentation from wave 1, can be found on the UKRI website.
The stakeholder events will cover a range of topics, including:
- An introduction to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
- A high-level outline of the Industrial Strategy and current UKRI programmes funded under the National Productivity Investment Fund
- An overview and principles of the SIPF programme
- An update on the Wave 1 programme Expression of Interest stage
- The application requirements for the SIPF Wave 2 programme
- A Q&A session on SIPF
- An opportunity for one-to-one discussions with members of the SIPF delivery team, and networking between attendees
How to register interest
Please register your interest in attending an event by selecting a ticket for the event you wish to attend. Tickets will be allocated to attendees before the events, full details of event locations and timings will be provided at this point. Please note that numbers are limited, and that the SIPF team may have to manage attendance at events if demand exceeds the number of places available, such as by considering the number of people attending from a single organisation. Registration of interest is not confirmation of attendance, an email will be sent in due course to attendees with more information.