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Government announces support for higher education sector


Government announces support for higher education sector

A range of measures have been announced by government today, Monday 4 May, to protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus.

As part of the support announced today, Science Minister Amanda Solloway has announced that Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation, will bring forward £100 million of Quality-related Research (QR) funding to eligible institutions.

This accelerated funding in 2019/20 (annual year) is in acknowledgement of the immediate pressures being faced by our institutions. Further information is available on the Research England website.

The government has also confirmed that universities are eligible to apply for Government support schemes, including business loan support, and announced the establishment of a research sustainability taskforce, led by the Departments for Education and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which will consider how best to respond to the challenges universities face on research as a result of COVID-19.

UKRI is providing regular updates on the impact of COVID-19 on UKRI-supported research and innovation communities through our guidance page on the UKRI website.

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