The Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), led by UK Research and Innovation, is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth. Funding will be allocated in waves to fund collaborative bids from consortia of publicly-funded research organisations, businesses, and local leadership.
The high level aims of the Strength in Places Fund are:
SIPF will be a competitive fund for collaborative bids between businesses and research organisations, with demonstration of strong engagement with local leadership partners. SIPF will welcome bids that are led by either research organisations or business.
An overview of the programme can be found here
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a recently formed body bringing together seven existing research councils, as well as Innovate UK and the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFC), into one unified body to direct research funding.