Corresponding Partner Universities

Framework agreements give us a structured and systematic basis for our discussions with universities and help to identify activities we can work on together. The agreements don't provide any extra funding to universities, but may help to identify opportunities to use existing EPSRC funding more flexibly.

Activities include:

  • Sharing data and information
  • Co-operating in managing research and training
  • Identifying opportunities for increasing knowledge transfer from EPSRC-funded research
  • Jointly promoting the interests of researchers and building the case for public funding of engineering and physical sciences.

Criteria for Corresponding Partner Status

The criteria used for identifying universities qualifying for strategic partner agreements are as follows:

  • Corresponding Partner University status is limited to the next 12 universities in terms of research portfolio drawn from EPSRC, after the Strategic partner Universities.
  • The measure of research funding for this purpose is the value of all new grants announced over the 36 months preceding the review date, moderated by the institution's success rate in attracting grants over that 36 month period.
  • Given the long-term nature of relationship management, and to ensure that both parties can gain value from the relationship, this status is reviewed at three yearly intervals giving an assured minimum period of framework status.
  • The latest review took place in April 2017 and resulted in some changes in status, the next review will be in early 2020 to take effect May 2020.

The 12 universities with whom EPSRC has a corresponding partner relationship are:

  • Brunel University London
  • City, University of London
  • Cranfield University
  • Durham University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Lancaster University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen's University of Belfast
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Sussex
  • Swansea University

These 12 universities between them account for approximately 10 percent of EPSRC's funding. This tier was added in 2014 to expand our strategic engagement to universities that hold approximately 90% of our portfolio. These partnerships operates in the same way as the framework and strategic agreements, we have a strategic relationship with these 12 universities through which we can work closely together, sharing information and strategies and spreading best practice.