Notícia del High Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) del 6 de desembre de 2006

HEFCE will allocate £60 million a year of research grant to support higher education institutions (HEIs) in undertaking research with business and industry, it was announced today (6 December 2006).

HEFCE Chief Executive, Professor David Eastwood, said:

‘Research by HEIs that meets the needs of business and industry is creating wealth and highly skilled jobs, and promoting social and economic regeneration. We are strongly committed to supporting such research, in addition to ‘blue skies’ research which is fundamental to future innovation. This new element of HEFCE funding will provide the platforms and incentives that HEIs need to seek commissions from the users of research for activities which are both high quality and directly responsive to their needs.’

From the academic year 2007-08, £60 million of HEFCE’s research funding will be allocated to HEIs according to how much research income they have received from business and industry. This information is already collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The funding will come from within the increased resources already allocated to HEFCE for that year in government spending plans.

Allocations to individual HEIs will be announced with HEFCE’s overall grant allocations for 2007-08 at the end of February 2007, and will form part of the block grant for research.


1.   The decision to allocate the £60 million a year for business and industry-related research was taken by the HEFCE Board at its meeting on 2 November. The £60 million comes from planned increases in quality-related (QR) research funding.

2.   In 2006-07 HEFCE will allocate £6.7 billion in public funding to HEIs in England. Of that total, over £1.3 billion is recurrent grant for research. The total funding for 2007-08 will be announced early in 2007.

3.   Research income from UK industry to HEIs in England is £198 million.

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