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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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

How to apply to the Catalyst Fund 

Institutions should go through the following steps to apply to the Catalyst Fund:

All potential bidders should read the bid pack:

We will write to all formal bidders to advise of our decisions. We are committed to providing clear messages to bidders throughout the process and as early as possible.

For general bids, we aim to provide clear advice and decisions formally within eight weeks of formal submission of an expression of interest.

Application templates

Expression of interest template

Download the EOI_template as MS Word (30 KB)

Business summary case template

Download the Business_case_template as MS Word (38 KB)

Page last updated 11 August 2015