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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 its last RiR position. The topic of this research project is Digital Technology for Outcome-Based Urban Planning.

This challenge is aimed towards researchers who are interested in exploring a new approach to measuring the human impact of urban planning and the built environment, using emerging digital technology. The ultimate purpose of this research is to develop a toolkit to promote the transformation of urban planning from output-based measures of success towards outcome-based ones (click here for a more detailed description).

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 Future Cities Catapult’s activities and drive the creation of new activities or projects relevant to the overall mission of the Catapult. 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 two years.

Aims of the Scheme

  • Accelerate the impact of Research Council-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.

Scope of Residencies

  • Accelerating impact from Research Council 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 Research Council 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.


Digital Technology for Outcome-based Urban Planning

The deadline for application is 17:00 Friday, 21 September 2018. Submissions made after this time will not be accepted. You will need to quote reference: RIR 2018/21.

For opportunities at other Catapult centres, please check the RiR programme website.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by using this webform and uploading a completed Application Form, CV and Letter of Support from your institution.

Background Documents

Applicant Guidance

Impact Report Guidance

Application Form


If you have any further questions, please contact Bin Guan or Euan Mills.

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