Research England

Research England

RE new logoResearch England is a new council overseeing UK Research and Innovation’s functions for university research and knowledge exchange in England.

It has taken on the research and knowledge exchange functions of the former Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which closed at the end of March 2018.

Research England’s activities include:

  • Providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities
  • Developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies
  • Overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England
  • Managing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund
  • Administering Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF)

The largest block of resources distributed by Research England is quality-related or QR funding that, along with equivalent funding streams in devolved administrations, provides the bedrock of the UK research base. QR funding enables universities to respond quickly to new opportunities for collaboration, nurture early-career researchers, form strategic partnerships with businesses and charities and cover the cost of working with funders who do not meet the full cost of research (EU, charities and Research Councils, for example).

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