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RCUK Strategic Framework for Capital Investment

Publication front cover Unlocking research opportunities requires both highly technical and often expensive infrastructure. Continued investment is therefore essential to enable the UK to maintain its world-leading position in research and to continue to make vital contributions to economic growth and social wellbeing.

Investing for growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century, is a strategic framework against which Research Councils will plan future investments in the UK’s capital infrastructure for research.

The Framework addresses UK research investment needs to:

  • develop an underpinning national infrastructure which supports the UK’s capability for excellent research and technology development; and
  • guide capital investment to meet the highest priority challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.


It was launched as part of a speech made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on 9 November 2012 at the Royal Society.

You can download a copy of Investing for growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century here .


Investing for Growth replaces the Large Facilities Roadmap and reflects changes to capital funding in the 2012 spending review science settlement.

In February 2012, RCUK invited those working in universities, research organisations and across the wider research and business communities to submit their views to inform the new framework. Find out more about the consultation.

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