The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been an important source of funding for universities across the UK, enabling partnerships with local business communities and allowing universities to create impact from their research. But this year that funding runs out.

A measurable loss: The European Regional Development Fund as a catalyst for university-business collaboration, puts the ERDF under the microscope. The report explores how universities have used the ERDF to create and maintain research and innovation activities that are driving local growth across the UK. These findings pose important questions about how the UK higher education sector will be impacted by and respond to the loss of ERDF funding.