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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Research funding

Funding elementTotal (in £millions)
Mainstream QR grant 1,018
 London weighting on mainstream QR  32
 Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  240
 Charity support element 198
 Business research element 64
Research libraries  6

Our mainstream QR funding is allocated selectively according to quality. The documents below provide a more detailed breakdown of these funds.

We have also provided the source data we have used to calculate mainstream QR funding for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Quality-related funding data 2013-14

Mainstream QR funding and Research degree programme (RDP) supervision funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the resdata1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (425 KB)

QR business research fund and QR charity support fund, broken down by institution

Download the businesscharity1314 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (41 KB)

Mapping between UOA, research cost weight, teaching price group and cost centre

Download the mapping_rae2008 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (35 KB)

Data sources for mainstream QR funding

Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as PDF (32 KB) | Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as MS Word (87 KB)

An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2013-14 mainstream QR funding method

Download the quality_weighted_volume as MS Excel Spreadsheet (30 KB) 

The QR funding data for years prior to 2013-14 are available.

Page last updated 5 May 2016