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17th June – Cardiff
Workshop to Discuss UKRI “Strength in Places Fund”



Led by UK Research and Innovation, “Strength in Places Fund” (SIPF) is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant local economic growth.

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.

The Welsh Government would like to invite university and industry leaders and, public sector to come together to understand the opportunity and discuss areas that could benefit from this type of funding in Wales. There will be an opportunity to garner insights from Wave 1 and discuss ideas with Welsh Government, HEFCW , Innovate UK and the KTN.

The high level aims of SIPF are:

  1. To support innovation-led regional growth by identifying and supporting areas of R&D strengths that are:
    1. driving clusters of businesses across a range of sizes that have potential to innovate, or to adopt new technologies;
    2. 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.

This is a registration of interest, spaces are limited to allow for discussion.

More details of the competition can be found at:


13.00 Registration and networking

13.20 Opening address – A regional perspective to economic development

13.40 Strength in places, the opportunity

14.00 What does ‘good' look like?

14.20 Discussion around strengths in Wales

14.45 Networking and opportunity for 1:1

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WHEN:17th June 2019 – 13:00 – 15:00
Cardiff – Marriott Hotel