Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS)

The Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS) is designed to transfer technology and expertise developed through STFC funding to the marketplace in partnership with industry and other academic disciplines. STFC technology or expertise must be integral to the project. The technology or expertise can be developed with STFC funding at UK higher education institutes, STFC laboratories, CERN, ESRF and ESO (European Southern Observatory).

IPS projects can vary in length up to three years, with funding for a maximum project value of £150k per annum, over a period not exceeding three years.

Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes and are encouraged to contact the office to discuss proposals.


  • For help with Je-S, please contact the Je-S helpdesk.
  • The STFC office can provide help and support on IPS grant applications. Please contact Helen Randell-Sly.


In 2019, there will be two calls for applications. Each call will close at 16:00.

    Opens Closes
KE February 2019 IPS 1 Jan 2019 19 February 2019
KE July 2019 IPS 25 May 2019 25 July 2019

How to Apply

Applications must come through the Je-S system.

In addition to a completed proforma, further documentation must be uploaded as separate pdf documents, these include:

  • Six page case for support (Mandatory)
  • One page Gantt chart (Mandatory)
  • Data Management Plan (Mandatory)
  • Letter of Support from Technology Transfer Office (Mandatory)
  • Letter of Support from Project Partner (Mandatory)
  • Letters of Support from organisations interested in the project (Recommended)
  • Covering Letter (Optional)

Call Guidance Documents


This is the standard IPS call. Please note, requests for capital are allowed in this call and should be included in the IPS application.

IPS Guidance Notes

IPS Capital Call

This call is for IPS Capital only, and should not be confused with the standard IPS call above). This is a new call and is only eligible for recipients of active IPS grants at the time of the call deadline (26th July 2019).

IPS Capital Guidance Notes

Case studies

From Space science to space age medicine

Lasers keep greenhouse gases on the radar


IPS Equality Impact Assessment (PDF, 128 KB)

*If you are interested in applying to become a panel member please follow this link

Last updated: 29 March 2019


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