Research England administers the funds that support research and knowledge exchange in the UK’s universities and other higher education institutions.
We do this through:
- formula-based funding, which is allocated annually
- competitive funding, which is applied for and awarded on a one-off basis
- funding for national facilities and initiatives.
Our formula-based research funding
The majority of Research England funding is allocated as a single annual grant to institutions. We use a formula to distribute funding based on research quality.
This is known as formula-based or quality-related (QR) funding. It includes:
- mainstream QR funding
- a research degree programme supervision fund
- a charity support element
- a business research element
- funding for National Research Libraries
- a policy support fund.
Our formula-based funding for knowledge exchange
Research England also supports universities and other higher education institutions to exchange knowledge with the wider world, in a way that contributes to society and the economy.
Find out more about the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction survey, which collects financial and output data related to knowledge exchange each academic year.
Our competitive funding
Research England offers competitive funding opportunities for research and knowledge exchange through the:
- Research England Development (RED) Fund
- Expanding Excellence In England (E3) Fund
- UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF)
- International Investment Initiative Fund
- Connecting Capability Fund (CCF)
- University Enterprise Zones (UEZ).
Our funds for national facilities and infrastructure
Research England supports national research facilities and the development of national research infrastructure through funds such as the Museum, Galleries and Collections Fund.
Last updated: 2 February 2022