That which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle; as, development of a convenient DNA sequencing technique layed the groundwork for many of the subsequent advances in molecular genetics.
Groundwork is a leading environmental regeneration charity. It is a federation of trusts. Each Groundwork Trust is a partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors with its own board of trustees. Groundwork's purpose is 'to build sustainable communities through joint environmental action'. Groundwork involves residents, businesses and other local organisations in practical projects that improve the quality of life, bring about regeneration and lay the foundations for sustainable development. Groundwork defines a sustainable community as one 'which is vibrant, healthy and safe, which respects the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper'. There are a number of Groundwork Trusts in London including: Camden and Islington, East London and Thames Gateway London South. Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) The Higher Education Innovation Fund backs higher education institutions in knowledge exchange and productive relations with business, public sector organisations and the wider community, for the benefit of the economy and society.