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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Competitive projects

In round 1 of the CCF, HEFCE allocated £20 million to four collaborative projects involving a total of 14 higher education institutions.

Lead institution

Partner institutions

Project name

Amount of funding

University of Bath

University of Bristol; University of Exeter; University of Southampton; University of Surrey

SETsquared across Sectors in the South of England (SaSSE)


University of Essex

University of East Anglia; University of Kent

Eastern ARC 'Enabling Innovation: Research to Application' (EIRA)


University of Manchester

University of Leeds; University of Sheffield

Transforming UK IP Commercialisation through Collaboration in the North of England: The Northern Triangle Initiative - NTI


University of Oxford

University of Birmingham; University of Dundee

UK SPINE KE: free flow of knowledge to accelerate innovations in ageing


Details of further CCF project awards will be announced by Research England.

Page last updated 27 March 2018