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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Harnessing the expertise of world-leading academics and commercial organisations, the IEA is developing the technologies and skills that are urgently required to deliver value from big data to commercially relevant solutions, driving innovation and economic growth for the UK.

With strong links to a range of partners across the data supply chain, from Earth observation companies to cloud platform providers and leading universities, the IEA will be the UK centre of excellence supporting the development of the big data analytics market. We work closely with industrial partners to develop commercial opportunities in a range of target markets. Our services include:

  • applied, near-market R&D
  • developing proof-of-concept demonstrators
  • establishing training courses
  • the broader dissemination of the opportunity of big data analytics for industry, policymakers and the third sector.

Our team includes data analysts, software developers and visualisation experts who all have many years’ commercial experience translating complex scientific data into useful information.

IEA Partners include the University of Reading, Airbus Defence and Space, Deimos Space UK, Lighthill Risk Network, Met Office, Microsoft UK & Microsoft Research, National Centre for Earth Observation, University of Oxford, Sainsbury’s, Satellite Applications Catapult, Science and Technologies Facilities Council, University of Surrey, Telespazio Vega, BMT Group, ERM, Agrimetrics and CGI. The IEA also works closely with the UK Space Agency and hosts Space4Climate, a community of stakeholders along the entire climate data supply chain.


Project information

Catalyst funding £5,667,806
Total project funding  £12,817,977
Project coordinator  Colin Mc Kinnon, CEO
Project website

Page last updated 9 November 2017

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