Developing Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs)

Closing Date: 17/11/2022

Grants available to develop a network of Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs) to address social, community, economic and environmental priorities that contribute towards inclusive sustainable economic growth in the UK.

Developing Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs) is an opportunity led by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It is a four-year programme with £20 million available through a two-phase competitive process.

The programme is looking to fund a network of Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs) to address social, community, economic and environmental priorities that contribute towards inclusive sustainable economic growth and improve the quality of life in local communities across the UK. Applications should focus on creating a single LPIP in a defined geographical area and consider its priority areas of focus.

This phase 1 opportunity offers initial seed-corn funding so that applicants may dedicate time to developing partnerships. The funding is intended to resource the development of high-quality proposals to a phase 2 opportunity, by ensuring that partnership building is resourced, reflecting the vital role of partners in the public, third and private sectors. Applicants are expected to deliver the following activities and outputs during phase 1:

  • Building, strengthening or diversifying partnerships between research organisations or research teams and local stakeholders.
  • Dialogue and co-creation with communities to further understand needs and surface opportunities for collaboration.
  • Design and deliver workshops.
  • Mapping of relevant local and national administrative data.
  • Landscape and evidence analysis to build the evidence base for the phase 2 application.
  • Establish an appropriate model for phase 2.

Each partnership will bring together local stakeholders from a range of sectors and disciplines to address a selection of key local agendas which contribute to inclusive and sustainable local growth. Partnership priorities should be defined through high quality, meaningful stakeholder and community engagement.

LPIPs will undertake an appropriate mix of evidence synthesis and translation, knowledge exchange, public and community engagement, skills and capabilities development, data analysis, and, where appropriate, novel primary research, depending on the needs of the area. Each LPIP will design its own work programme and devise an appropriate approach and methods, including novel approaches to public and community engagement.

Funding body Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Maximum value £50,000
Reference ID S24353
Category Economic and Social Research
Arts and Humanities
Fund or call Fund