Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme

To help increase the connections between the UK research base and the Catapults, Research Councils UK* (RCUK) is supporting the development of new collaborations through research visits/residencies for university (and other eligible research organisations) academics to spend time embedded within the Catapult teams.

Catapult Researchers in Residence (RiR) Awards will build connections, support pathways to impact and knowledge exchange between academia and the Catapult centres.  As such, the Catapults have been awarded vouchers (assigned to the Catapults but paid directly to universities or other research organisations) to support a range of activities to accelerate the impact of Research Council (RC)-funded research and/or expand the capabilities of their centre.

This initiative aligns strongly with RCUK’s excellence with impact, through building stronger partnerships in the national innovation system and supporting the best environment for innovation.

The Transport Systems Catapult, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Digital Catapult, Future Cities Catapult, Energy Systems Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult are working together to provide a unified process for application of the RiR awards.

Please note that Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult will also be welcoming applications for their Researchers in Residence programme. Visit their websites to learn more about their opportunities.

*The Research Councils include Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Aims of the Scheme

The aims of RiR initiative are to:

  • Accelerate the impact of RC-funded research
  • Increase knowledge exchange and co-creation between academia and Catapult centres
  • Develop new collaborations between academia and Catapult centres
  • Expand the capabilities and knowledge of the Catapults
  • Nurturing talents and skills development of researchers and Catapult staff
  • Create a cohort of RiRs able to share their experiences with a wider network of academics.

What Should an RiR Include?

The RiR initiative will support university academics for research visits/residencies to one or more UK Catapults. The scope of these residencies could cover:

  • Accelerating impact from RC investments, supporting the:
    • exploration of commercial opportunities deriving from RCUK funded research
    • development of new products, services and processes through the co-creation of new ideas
    • translation of research outputs (e.g. data and models) to increase the effectiveness of Catapults, public services and policy, or enhancing quality of life and health
  • Providing/generating information based on previous RC investments to support Catapult capabilities, e.g. supporting
    • the identification of policy, services or process needs in emerging technologies or within the Catapult
    • finding commercial opportunities for new technology and ideas
    • developing knowledge and skills gaps identified through engagement with industry.

Researchers are invited to take creative approaches within the residencies to support the aims of the initiative. This may include activities exploring new ways of using existing knowledge and infrastructure, or innovative thinking in how to accelerate impact from Research Council investments.

Note that some of the RiRs will enable researchers to work across the Catapult network.


The value of each voucher towards supporting a RiR is up to £50k (100% FEC), which may be flexibly spread between one and four years. Funding will be awarded directly to the RiR’s host university (or other eligible research organisation) and not the Catapult. The award can only be used to cover the salary costs for the visit of each RiR, travel and subsistence costs, and any consumables used at the Catapult.

Any other costs (e.g. equipment/service costs, technician time, etc.) will be covered by the host Catapult within reasonable limits and pre-agreed with the host Catapult.


The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019. 


RiR fellowship applicants must be academic employees of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. For this scheme, we are following EPSRC eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications for RiR should be made by using this webform and uploading a completed Application Form, CV and Letter of Supports from your institution.

Application Guidance and Impact Report Guidance have been provided.

The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017. Please note that submissions made after 5 pm on this date will not be accepted. 

Information Documents

Applicant Guidance

Impact Report Guidance

Application Form


Current Opportunities

Project Title Ref Catapult Location Closing Date Interview Date
 5G in Urban and Sub-Urban Areas RIR 001 Digital Catapult and Future Cities Catapult London Closed N/A
 Consumer Insight RIR 002 Energy Systems Catapult Birmingham Closed N/A
 Security in Digital Manufacturing RIR 003 Digital Catapult and High Value Manufacturing Catapult London and/or local centres Closed N/A
 Creative Uses of Earth Observation Data in Virtual Environments  RIR 004 Digital Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult London and Oxfordshire Closed N/A
Smart Analytics – Open Project RIR 005 Satellite Applications Catapult Oxfordshire Closed N/A
Intelligent Mobility and Artificial Intelligence RIR 006 Transport Systems Catapult Milton Keynes Closed 04/10/2017
Modelling and Visualisation for Air Quality in Urban Settings RIR 007 Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult London and Milton Keynes Closed 03/10/2017
Cyber security in Intelligent Mobility RIR 008 Transport Systems Catapult Milton Keynes Closed 24/10/2017
Creative Uses of Earth Observation Data in City Planning  RIR 009 Future Cities Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult London and Oxfordshire Closed N/A
Transition of Science into Applications to Support the UK High Value Manufacturing Sector RIR 010 High Value Manufacturing Catapult One or more of the HVM Centres Closed N/A


Applications for all opportunities are now closed.



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