Infrastructure Accelerator Awards


The Infrastructure Accelerator Awards will offer a level of funding to support multi-user equipment grants. Applications will be from more than one user or research group, will be given priority. Proposals that offer opportunities for commercial partners to access the equipment will be prioritized.

It is envisaged that these awards will help research groups produce pilot data that could help strengthen applications to, for example, research councils, Innovate UK and The Industrial Challenge Fund.

Applications could vary from £50, 000 to £1million +.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A Welsh Institution should lead the application and the equipment will be based there. Co-applicants will have access when needed.
  •  The research programmes that the equipment will support must be clearly identified.
  • The level of use anticipated by each university or commercial partner must be clearly outlined.
  • Applicants must be employed by a Welsh Institution
  • Applications must comply with the fundamental ethic principles as detailed in the ethics section.
  • Applicants must have the support of their chosen host commercial/academic institution

Application Process

Applicants will need to propose a suitable project to be carried out in a Welsh host institution in the list.  

The research project will be created by the applicant but they must discuss this with their potential host institution before submission. 

All projects will be subject to ethical scrutiny and applicants will need to complete the ethical issues section within their application form.

Applicants should also include in their application form a copy of their most recent CV, no more than 3 pages in length.  This should include information about their education, previous employment and other relevant experience, information about any career breaks taken for maternity or caring responsibilities and so on, and a list of all their publications and grants awarded. 

Applicants should also provide in the covering email the names of 2 referees who know their work and the proposed area of research.

Host institutions should provide a breakdown of the costs for the fellow using the tables within the application form.