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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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In a challenging economy, the fund of £100 million provides an opportunity for businesses to develop strategic research partnerships with higher education that draws on public funding. HEFCE is inviting expressions of interest from UK universities for large-scale projects (minimum £10 million from UKRPIF) that can lever twice as much funding from private sources (businesses, charities, individual donations).  Guidance on the available funding and submission requirements is available on the HEFCE web-site (HEFCE 2012/12).


A press notice on the UKRPIF issued by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills is available.