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Research Funders & Partners

The Royal College of Art’s vibrant research culture continues to be recognised as outstanding by many different measures. With a track record of world-leading expertise in arts, humanities, architecture, visual communication and design, RCA research is supported by major research funders and global business partners, who are willing to invest in the creativity, innovation and ability to make a difference in the world that characterises our work.

Public Research Funders

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

British Academy

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

European Commission

Innovate UK

Lloyd's Register Foundation

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Public Health Agency Northern Ireland

Wellcome Trust

Research, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Funders & Partners 2017/18

Age UK

Alpha Health, Telefonica

Art Dubai

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Battersea Power Station 


Bentley Motors

Bertelsmann SE & Co

British Academy

British Council

British Land

Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center

Debbie Lo Creativity Foundation

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

European Commission



Hankook Tire


Helen Hamlyn Trust

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Hong Kong Design Centre

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Huawei Technologies Aesthetics Research Centre, Paris

Hyde Foundation

IA Interior Architects

IE Business School




International Flavor & Fragrances Inc. (IFF)

J P Morgan

KKCL English

Korea Institute of Design Promotion 


Lloyds Register Foundation


National Institute for Health Research

National University of Singapore 


Newton Business School


Public Health Agency Northern Ireland

RAC Foundation

Research England

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal National Institute of Blind People


Scott Brownrigg

Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts

Snowdon Trust

St James Group


Tata Consultancy Services

Telefonica Alpha Health 


The Red Mansion Foundation Art Prize

The Victoria and Albert Museum

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)

University College London

University of Oxford 

University of York

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Trust

Worktech Academy