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Research funding

Funding elementTotal (in £M)
Mainstream QR grant including London weighting 1,098
Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  240
Charity support element  198
Business research element 64
National research libraries 7
Total recurrent 1,606

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 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Quality-related funding data 2017-18

Mainstream QR funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the Mainstream quality-related research (QR) funding and London weighting as MS Excel Spreadsheet (462 KB)

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

Download the Quality-related research research degree programme (RDP) supervision funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (169 KB)

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

Download the Quality-related research charity support fund and QR business research element as MS Excel Spreadsheet (23 KB)

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

Download the Mapping of REF 2014 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 (26 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 Example calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2017-18 Mainstream quality-related research funding model as MS Excel Spreadsheet (11 KB)

A worked example for 2017-18 QR RDP supervision funding

Download the A worked example for 2017-18 Quality-related research research degree programme supervision funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (11 KB)

The recurrent research funding data sets for years prior to 2017-18 are available.

Page last updated 15 August 2017