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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Funds for research are allocated though the Research Capital Investment Fund element of the CIF. We have allocated £1,024 million through this element for the financial years 2011-12 to 2016-17.

The Research Capital Investment Fund aims to:

  • contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of an HEI’s research and the supporting physical infrastructure
  • contribute to reducing carbon emissions, improved space utilisation, and increased sharing and utilisation of research equipment
  • promote collaborative partnerships between HEIs, industry, charities, Government and NHS Trusts
  • promote world-leading research capability in all disciplines with the capacity to respond to developing national priorities.

In addition in 'Arrangements for the second Capital Investment Framework' (HEFCE Circular letter 17/2010) we identified two new areas that needed to be addressed: reduction of carbon emissions and improving space usage.

Within our research funding we allocate funds through two further elements:

Higher Education Research Capital England

We distribute these funds according to the proportion of research income HEIs receive from Research Councils UK.

Research Capital England

We distribute this element in proportion to the sum of HEFCE quality-related research funding and research income from selected sources.

Page last updated 13 April 2017