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.
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.