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Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme

The Researchers in Residence (RiR) programme enables academics to work on projects aligned to challenge areas identified by the Catapults.

Future Cities Catapult is currently advertising three RiR positions in partnership with Digital Catapult, Transport Systems Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult. The projects will cover the following topics; 5G in urban and sub-urban areas, modelling and visualisation for air quality in urban settings and creative uses of earth observation data in city planning.

As RiR you will be undertaking a project that will generate impact from research in the broadest sense. The projects proposed must be strategic in nature, helping to shape current Catapult activities, and drive the creation of new activities or projects relevant to the overall mission of the host Catapults. Proposals that highlight potential new directions, new users and novel means of impact generation are encouraged. Projects can be undertaken either on a full-time basis or via a series of short secondments to the Catapult. The residency can be spread flexibly between one and four years.


  • Accelerate the impact of RC-funded research
  • Increase knowledge exchange and co-creation between academia, business and Catapult centres
  • Develop new collaborations between business, 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.

Scope of residencies

  • 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.


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.


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.


Project Title Ref Catapult Location
5G in Urban and Sub-Urban Areas RIR 001 Digital Catapult and Future Cities Catapult  London
 Modelling and Visualisation for Air Quality in Urban Settings  RIR 007 Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult  London and Milton Keynes
 Creative Uses of Earth Observation Data in City Planning   RIR 009 Future Cities Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult  London and Oxfordshire


The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017.

How to apply

Complete this online form and upload a completed Application form, CV and Letter of Support from your institution.

Supporting documents

Application form

Applicant guidance

Impact report guidance


If you have any questions, please contact Marcus Manning at mmanning@futurecities.catapult.org.uk.

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