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Executive summary


1. This document sets out the arrangements for an additional allocation of research capital funding for higher education institutions (HEIs) for 2012 to 2015. It invites HEIs to submit expressions of interest on a competitive basis to apply for the capital grants.

Key points

2. The March 2012 Budget statement announced a new £100 million fund to support investment in higher education research facilities.

3. The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund is available to all UK HEIs. The objectives for the fund are:

  1. Enhance the research facilities of HEIs undertaking world-leading research.
  2. Encourage strategic partnerships between HEIs and other organisations active in research.
  3. Stimulate additional investment in HE research.
  4. Strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth.

 4. The fund will support large-scale projects that can leverage substantial co-investment from private sources building on the research excellence in the higher education sector.

Action required

5. HEIs are invited to complete expressions of interest using the template at Annex A and e-mail it to by noon on Friday 8 June 2012.

Date: 14 May 2012

Ref: HEFCE 2012/12

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Senior management, Research, Finance, Estates

Enquiries should be directed to:

HEIs in England should contact their HEFCE higher education policy advisers

HEIs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should contact:

For policy queries:

SFC – Stuart Fancey,, 0131 313 6559

HEFCW – Linda Tiller,, 029 2068 2228

DEL – Sheila Rodgers,, 028 9025 7530

For queries about the process:

HEFCE – Peter Seddon,, 0117 931 7469