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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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The Catalyst Fund has now closed and we are no longer receiving applications.

What is the Catalyst Fund?

The Catalyst Fund commits up to £30 million in annual funding. This money aims to drive innovation in the HE sector, enhance excellence and efficiency in HE, and support innovative solutions.

Funded projects will normally be collaborative, bringing together support from other partners including business, universities and colleges, and other public agencies.

There is normally no deadline for submitting proposals. We consider proposals at any time, and have an ongoing application and approval process. Potential bidders should read all guidance before applying.

On occasion we also announce calls for proposals in response to specific policy priorities. 

Who can apply

All higher education institutions (HEIs) can apply directly to the fund.

Further education colleges (FECs) can apply to support projects focused specifically on activities related to the provision of prescribed courses of HE.

Under current legislation we are unable to fund alternative providers of HE so these providers are not eligible to apply.

To submit a proposal, institutions should review all guidance and contact their HEFCE institutional team in the first instance.

Read more about how to apply

Catalyst Fund: Closing the skills gap and supporting the Industrial Strategy through curriculum development

Over 30 universities and colleges in England have been awarded a share of £6.1 million by HEFCE to develop new and enhanced higher education courses. Working with employers, the projects will help provide the skills needed in the future economy and support the aims of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Each successful bidder has been awarded up to £200,000 of project funding.

Read the news item announcing the successful projects

See the funded projects

Page last updated 22 March 2018

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