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Interdisciplinary Strategic Institutes

Our diverse research spans three Strategic Institutes. Collaborative endeavour in rich, natural environments drives solutions to global challenges.

Marine Institute<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Marine Institute
Marine, maritime, education and innovation expertise integrate to train scientists, engineers, policymakers, artists, technicians and business.

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research
Transformation in life course, ageing, methodologies, e-health, technology and interventions in health, social care, lifestyle, health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Earth Institute<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Sustainable Earth Institute
Science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business, with community, businesses and individuals, innovate to build resilience for our planet.

G7: Examining the evidence for global action

On 11 June 2021, G7 leaders and invited guests meet in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK to explore solutions to some of the greatest global challenges and, united through shared values, take decisive action.  

Facing a climate emergency while still in the midst of a global pandemic and its resultant economic devastation – many look to the G7 to understand where do we go from here? We asked Plymouth researchers, leaders in their fields, to give their expert perspective on exactly what should be examined. From future global health threats, addressing the climate change crisis, to tackling education inequality and driving global corporation taxes and investment into natural disaster infrastructure – they provide the evidence for global action.

Discover #PlymouthPerspectives

Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall

Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall

Plymouth Pioneers

We are committed to developing solutions to the planet's most challenging issues. Our pioneering spirit runs deep in the quest for a better tomorrow.
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R&D Solutions Fund

The £200,000 fund, delivered in partnership between the University and Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, is designed to stimulate industrial collaborations and knowledge transfer opportunities between our researchers and businesses, aiming to solve specific ‘business problems’.

Grants of up to £20,000 will be available during two funding rounds:

  • Call 1: 9 November 2020 – closes 9.00 Monday 21 December 2020
  • Call 2: 8 February 2021 – closes 9.00 Monday 22 March 2021

The programme is open to businesses from any industry sector or geographic location in the UK. 

The funds can be used to cover a variety of costs, including academic research time to focus on a specific opportunity or challenge to a business; research time of the industrial partner; and access to specialist University facilities or equipment.

All applicants are to initially register their interest, with details of the academic and business partnership, at

For more information about the R&D Solutions Fund