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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Following on from the success of the first three rounds of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), HEFCE is inviting proposals from UK universities for large-scale projects (a minimum of £10 million from UKRPIF) that can attract twice as much funding from private sources (businesses, charities, individual donations).

Expressions of interest are to be submitted to HEFCE by Friday 10 October 2014, and will be shortlisted by the UKRPIF panel in November. The successful projects will be announced in the spring of 2015.

Read the guidance for expressions of Interest to the UKRPIF round four (2016-17)

More about the fund