Supporting Academic Innovation

Arm empowers research by providing access to a range of commercially-proven IP, tools and other resources at no cost for academia. We’re here to enable you to do your best work on your own terms. Explore the options in the table below to find the one that best suits your project and apply straight away.

If you’d prefer to get in touch to discuss your needs, we’d love to hear what you are seeking to achieve. As well as IP and tools, Arm also provides teaching and learning resources through Arm Education and works jointly with selected academics and institutions on Research Collaborations.

Choose the Package That Is Best for You

We have developed a set of standard options to suit different use cases. It’s simple to apply, and our team are on hand to help you throughout the process.


DesignStart Eval
Instant access to Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3
DesignStart Pro Academic
Full RTL for Cortex-M0, M3 and Cortex-A5 and their systems
Arm Academic Access
Our widest range of IP and tools for academic research

Who Is It For?
Who Is It For? Anyone with a research project who would like instant access to IP for evaluation purposes 
Academics and researchers at universities who need quick access to specific IP for their own research group 
Universities at the institutional level who may have multiple groups with different IP needs and/or more complex projects   

How Does It Work?
How Does It Work? Download the IP after creating an Arm Account and click through a user agreement 
 
Access is instant after clicking the user agreement 
 
You get industry-standard Cortex-M IP (obfuscated, fixed configuration synthesizable RTL) 
 
You can then design and/or prototype a custom SoC
Submit a simple access request form.  We may then ask for a few more details about your project 
 
It typically takes from a few days to a few weeks to get access.  You’ll need to click to approve a user agreement 
 
You get industry-standard Cortex-M and Cortex-A IP with access to the full RTL 
 
You can then undertake FPGA development and/or small-scale SoC manufacturing
Submit a simple access request form. Our team will contact you to guide you through the sign-up process
 
The standardized access agreement is university-friendly. Once your legal department has completed the DocuSign process, access can be extended across the university as needed
 
Access timelines will vary according to your university processes, but is typically a few weeks to a couple of months 
 
Depending on needs, you can get access to a wide range of IP, including Physical IP if required, and undertake FPGA development and/or small-scale SoC manufacturing 
 
You can also collaborate with any other institution that is part of the program

How Do I Access?
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Teach, Learn and Collaborate with Arm

As well as IP, tools, and support, we provide teaching and learning resources through Arm Education, and work closely with academic and industry partners on Research Collaborations.

Additional Resources

Our Research Enablement Kits help researchers get the most out of widely available Arm technologies. They include integrated examples of software packages, models, hardware prototypes, and services to help users harness Arm and partner-based technologies and solutions.

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Achieve Your Research Goals

If your project requires a more specialised set of IP, including physical IP, tools, or support, get in touch with our dedicated team who will be happy to discuss the options.

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