Under this system we provide block grant funding for institutions to support the research infrastructure and enable ground-breaking research in keeping with their own mission.
The Research Councils, charities, the European Union and government departments provide grants for specific research projects and programmes.
In 2013-14 we will distribute £1.6 billion quality-related research (QR) funding. This breaks down into the following elements:
Full details of these figures, and the annual quality-related research funding data are published as part of our annual funding allocations.
We distribute the majority of our funds for research on the basis of research quality, and take into account the volume and relative cost of research in different areas.
This is called mainstream quality-related research funding.
Produced in collaboration with Universities UK and the other UK funding bodies, our publication 'Securing world-class research in UK universities: Exploring the impact of block grant funding' illustrates the wide variety of ways in which universities use this funding.
It highlights how QR funding underpins the most productive and efficient publicly funded research system in the G8 and enables the UK to continue to compete and thrive on the world stage.
Please note that the following amendment was made in November 2009:
name corrected for Goldsmiths, University of London.
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