How to access our Royce equipment and facilities

The Royce offers industry and academia the capability to make, test and characterise materials, components and systems. Over £150m of equipment is available, easy to access and fully technically supported by experts.

Access Routes

Academic Access Routes

Royce facilities are open to all UK academics regardless of institution, using a fast access process. Please contact Royce @ Imperial for more information.

Facilities can be accessed using a variety of funding sources, including direct funding from the Royce, and research council grants.

Periodically Royce opens direct funding programme for Master and PhD students, as well as Post-docs, Fellows, and Academics. Sign up to the Royce newsletter to keep up-to-date with Royce funded access routes.

Researchers and Student Access

The Henry Royce Institute has relaunched its equipment access schemes for both researchers and students based at UK universities to support access to state-of-the-art materials science and engineering equipment.

Royce’s equipment access schemes provide funding to utilise equipment and learn new techniques to support a single package of work for their research.

Applicants can identify a specific piece of equipment they require or discuss what techniques might work best for their research with our experienced Research and Facilities Managers.

What equipment does Royce have?

As the national institute for advanced materials, Royce has an extensive catalogue of equipment including facilities to make, test and characterise materials.

Visit the Royce Equipment Catalogue to find out more.


The schemes are open to any researchers at any stage of their career and students registered on a doctoral programme, or a research masters programme at a UK university.

Applications can only be made to use Royce equipment NOT based at the university where the student is registered.

How to apply?

Follow the links below to find out more about the relevant scheme and make an enquiry using the online form. Please ensure you have read the guidance notes before making an application.



Industry Access Routes

The Royce is open to business of all sizes, to help tackle materials challenges and accelerate innovation.

From equipment access for commercially sensitive research to long-term partnerships, the Royce can work flexibly and support a range of approaches and needs.

Get in contact at Royce @ Imperial to find out more. 

SME Equipment Access Scheme

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials is offering access to state-of-the-art materials science and engineering equipment to support SMEs, spin-outs and start-ups.

The Royce SME Equipment Access Scheme is open to UK-based SMEs, spin-outs and start-ups and offers subsidised facilities access, perfect for businesses seeking solutions to materials analysis obstacles.

The scheme is designed to: 

  • Overcome cost barriers and derisk experimental materials-based R&D
  • Help pave the way for future collaborations with Royce

What equipment is available? 

As the national institute for advanced materials, Royce has an extensive catalogue of equipment including facilities to maketest and characterise materials.

Visit the Royce at Imperial equipment listing

Or browse the National Royce Equipment Catalogue.

Companies can identify a specific piece of equipment they require or discuss what techniques might work best for a materials-based analysis with our experienced Business Engagement and Research and Facilities Teams.

For more information contact Royce at Imperial or apply directly on The Henry Royce Institute homepage

How to apply:

Companies seeking access should be able to define how Royce facilities could help to address a materials-based analysis required for your business.

To apply, companies should complete and submit the application form on the Henry Royce websiteThis is designed to highlight the potential business value of the project and to identify equipment required or the need for a scoping discussion.

The scheme is an open call and available to businesses under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance, part of the UK Subsidy Control regime. Your business must be eligible to receive this in order to apply. A  Subsidy Control declaration must be completed and uploaded as part of the application.

Upon receipt of your application, technical experts from one of the Royce partners will work with you to develop the experimental project and schedule access to the appropriate equipment. Project costs are covered by the Henry Royce Institute up to a maximum of £10,000.

Due to the nature of the scheme, Royce does not envisage generation of IP in most circumstances and as such, IP rights will continue to reside with the respective organisations which contribute them to any project.

For more information contact or apply directly on The Henry Royce Institute homepage.