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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Carbon Neutral Laboratories, Nottingham University

Picture: University of Nottingham

Building on the successes of the last five rounds of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), HEFCE is inviting proposals from UK universities, alone or in partnership with other higher education institutions and eligible Research Council Institutes, for large-scale projects to develop new research facilities.

Projects can apply for between £10 million and £50 million from UKRPIF. For every £1 of UKRPIF funding they need to attract £2 in additional funding from private sources, whether businesses, charities or individual donations. The funding is available to be spent in the 2020-21 financial year.

The deadline for early notification of expressions of interest is noon on Friday 10 November 2017, with expressions of interest to be submitted in January 2018.


  1. Read the guidance for expressions of interest for round 6: ‘UK Research Partnership Investment Fund: 2020-21’ (HEFCE 2017/15).
  2. For any enquiries and to discuss potential bids further, email
  3. Read more about the fund on the HEFCE website