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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 including London weighting 1,070
Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  240
Charity support element  198
Business research element 64
National research libraries 7
Total recurrent 1,578

Our mainstream quality-related research (QR)  funding is selectively distributed to institutions according to quality. The documents below provide a more detailed breakdown of the recurrent research funding elements. An explanation of how we calculate research funding can be found on our ‘How we fund research’ pages.

We have also provided a description of the source data we have used to calculate the recurrent research funding for 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Quality-related funding data 2016-17

Mainstream QR funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the qr1617 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (440 KB)

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

Download the rdp1617 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (166 KB)

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

Download the charitybusiness1617 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (19 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 (13 KB)

Data sources for recurrent research funding

Download the Data_sources_for_research_funding as PDF (179 KB)

Download the Data_sources_for_research_funding as MS Word (16 KB)

An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2016-17 mainstream QR funding method

Download the qrvolumeexample as MS Excel Spreadsheet (11 KB)

The recurrent research funding data sets for years prior to 2016-17 are available.

Page last updated 6 May 2016