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).

Current Opportunities


Project Title Ref Catapult Location Closing Date
Digital Manufacturing RIR 2018/10 High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Digital Catapult London and/or relevant HVMC centres CLOSED
Transition of Science into Applications to Support the UK High Value Manufacturing Sector RIR 2018/11 High Value Manufacturing Catapult Various CLOSED
Analyse the energy and power requirements (duty cycle) of a potential vehicle application to perform battery sizing work for different charging scenarios RIR 2018/12 High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Energy Systems Catapult Birmingham (central)/ Warwick University WMG CLOSED
Transport and digital (5G, blockchain and measuring economic impact) RIR 2018/13 Transport Systems Catapult and Digital Catapult Milton Keynes, London and/or local centres CLOSED
Satellite Applications and Manufacturing RIR 2018/14 High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell and one or more HVMC centres CLOSED
The use of autonomous vehicles for the maritime sector RIR 2018/15 Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) and Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell, Oxford and Blyth or Glasgow offices CLOSED
5G and AI for network optimization RIR 2018/16 Digital Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell Campus and London, or other Digital Catapult Local Centres CLOSED
Technologies for advanced spacecraft operations RIR 2018/17 Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell Campus CLOSED
Whole System Modelling and Analysis RIR 2018/18 Energy Systems Catapult Birmingham/Derby CLOSED
Digital Economy – Disruptive Technologies RIR 2018/19 Digital Catapult London and/or Digital Catapult’s Local Centres CLOSED
Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Technology RIR 2018/20 High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult National Composite Centre (Bristol), Blyth or Glasgow ORE Catapult offices CLOSED
Digital Technology for Outcome-based Urban Planning RIR 2018/21 Future Cities Catapult London CLOSED
Digital Twins Through the Supply Chain RIR 2018/22 Future Cities Catapult and Digital Catapult London and/or Digital Catapult’s Local Centres CLOSED

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.

Please note that submissions made after 5 pm on the closing date will not be accepted. 

Information Documents

Applicant Guidance

Impact Report Guidance

Application Form



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