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Researchers in Residence national research funding scheme extended

17 Nov 2022

Scheme to boost innovation by bringing universities together extended to December 2022

The Researchers in Residence scheme, created by the Innovation Launchpad Network+ and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, was set up in 2022 to accelerate innovation by bringing together universities, the Catapult Network and regional innovation ecosystems. 

The deadline for a national research scheme has been extended until December 2022 after a successful launch in October.  

The new £6.75 Innovation Launchpad Network+, which is being led by the University of Sheffield and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, has extended the timeline for its initial Expression of Interest period, allowing more time for researchers and academics to submit their proposals.

The programme builds on successful Catapult Fellows and Researcher in Residence. The ambition of the scheme is to foster new links between individuals or groups and the Catapult Network, with the fellowship expected to deliver 100 world-class Researchers in Residence programmes.

Innovation Launchpad Network+ Director, Dr Pete Osborne said: ”The initial launch of the Network+ has been a great success and we have been impressed by the volume and range of ideas that researchers have approached the Network+ with. By extending the deadline we aim to provide more opportunity to turn all of these ideas into great Researcher in Residence projects.”

The programme will support two complementary pathways for research residencies, both of which aim to place the right researcher in the right Catapult at the right time. The first pathway will support residencies that contribute directly to delivery of the Catapults’ strategic roadmaps, which are near-term industry needs.

The second aims to leverage the capability of the Catapults to accelerate the translation of science in partnership with higher education institutions (HEIs) and regional innovation ecosystems, which can include other non-Catapult research and technology organisations (RTOs) and incubators. 

Catapults and academia working together will provide first-class knowledge exchange and a launchpad to bring researchers closer to innovation in industry, giving them valuable exposure to the translation and commercialisation of research.

More information

For more information about the RiR scheme, please email:

Details on the Innovation Launchpad Network+ can be found at: