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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 £M)
Mainstream QR grant 1,017
London weighting on mainstream QR  33
Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  240
Charity support element 198
Business research element 64
National research libraries  7
Total recurrent 1,558

Our mainstream QR funding is allocated selectively according to quality. The documents below provide a more detailed breakdown of this grant and the other recurrent research funding elements. An explanation of how we calculate research funding can be found within our ‘How we fund research’ pages.

We have also provided a description of the source data we have used to calculate research funding for 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Quality-related funding data 2015-16

Mainstream QR funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the qr1516 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (846 KB)

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

Download the rdp1516 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (280 KB)

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

Download the charitybusiness1516 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (40 KB)

Mapping between REF 2014 UOA, research cost weight, teaching price group and HESA cost centre

Download the Mapping of REF2014 UOAs to cost centres as MS Excel Spreadsheet (31 KB)

Data sources for recurrent research funding

Download the Data_sources_for_research_funding as PDF (107 KB)

Download the Data_sources_for_research_funding as MS Word (45 KB)

An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2015-16 mainstream QR funding method

Download the Quality_weighted_volume as MS Excel Spreadsheet (32 KB)

The recurrent research funding data for years prior to 2015-16 are available.

Page last updated 5 May 2016