Additional QR and Additional RCIF to address ongoing uncertainty over access to EU Programmes: grant allocations 2022-23 letter

Research England

Circular letter

To: Heads of Research England-funded higher education providers

Reference: RE-CL-2022-08

Publication date: 28 November 2022

Enquiries to:


Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

Notice of funding

1. Following the announcement by the Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation on 21 November 2022, Research England is allocating £100 million of Additional quality-related research (QR) funding and £70.65 million of Additional Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF) grants to higher education providers (HEPs) for financial year 2022-23.

2. This funding is provided to HEPs to support retention of wider research capabilities and to provide stability ahead of a final decision on Horizon Europe association. This includes:

  • anchoring teams leading on long-term, risky, curiosity-driven research
  • developing new research strategies, priorities and partnerships with business and others, to retain and develop the next generation of researchers at all levels

3. The QR funding allocation is intended to provide additional funding for:

  • developing, supporting and amplifying international collaborations and partnerships
  • recruiting and retaining talent, including internationally and at all career stages
  • capacity building and strategic investment in research priorities
  • securing and sustaining the talent pipeline and supporting research careers
  • supporting blue-skies research and pursuit of novel research ideas
  • mitigating shortfalls in research income due to uncertainty over EU research grants

4. The additional RCIF will support the needs of universities and UKRI institutes for small and mid-range equipment, which are the essential foundations of the research and development (R&D) system. This funding also targets the fundamental equipment base that international and UK research talent relies on to conduct their research and therefore this funding will help to attract and retain research talent.

5. All higher education providers (HEPs) in receipt of an allocation of quality-related research (QR) funding for 2022-23 will receive an allocation of Additional QR.

6. The £100 million will be allocated in proportion to total QR grant allocations for 2022-23 with the following modifiers:

  • a maximum allocation of £5 million – where a HEP’s allocation at the initial calculation stage is higher than £5 million, the grant is capped and the funding exceeding the cap is redistributed among the remaining eligible HEPs
  • a minimum allocation of £10,000 – HEPs who would receive less than £10,000 have their allocation increased to the £10,000 minimum

7. HEPs unable to spend this allocation in line with the intended purpose and by the end of financial year 2022-23 will be able to ‘opt out’ of receiving this funding or opt to receive a lower amount. The process for this is set out in ‘further information’.

8. Research England will conduct a random sample monitoring exercise to understand how the funding has been spent, in line with the stated objectives. We also reserve the right to conduct a full monitoring exercise of all institutions should the need arise. We also expect to host a roundtable event to gather further information on how allocations have been spent.

Additional Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF) grants

9. All higher education providers (HEPs) in receipt of an allocation from RCIF for 2022-23 will receive an allocation of Additional RCIF.

10. The £70.65 million will be allocated in proportion to total RCIF grant allocations for 2022- 23, up to a maximum allocation of £3 million. If a HEP’s allocation at the initial calculation stage is higher than £3 million, the grant is capped and the funding exceeding the cap is redistributed among the remaining eligible HEPs

There is no minimum allocation.

11. HEPs unable to spend this allocation in line with the intended purpose and by the end of financial year 2022-23 will be able to ‘opt out’ of receiving this funding or opt to receive a lower amount. The process for this is set out in ‘further information’.

12. Annual monitoring of Research England’s RCIF funding was introduced in 2021-22 and asks providers for information on how the funding has been allocated and how this aligns to their capital strategy. Monitoring for Additional RCIF will be undertaken as an extra question in the annual RCIF monitoring returns.

Further information

13. Additional QR allocations and Additional RCIF allocations to higher education providers (HEPs) are shown in annex A. These allocations must be spent by the end of March 2023.

14. We recognise that some HEPs may find it challenging to spend their allocation by the end of March 2023 as required. While we encourage HEPs to consider how they might make best use of the funding, we do offer the opportunity to opt out and choose not to receive an allocation, or to receive a lower amount, of Additional QR or Additional RCIF.

We encourage you to discuss challenges and, especially, considerations around opting out, with your institutional engagement manager. Please do so well in advance of the deadline stated below.

15. In order to opt out of receiving an allocation, or to request a lower amount, please complete the online form.

Please complete the form by Wednesday 14 December 2022. We will be unable to process any changes in allocation after this date. If we do not receive a completed form by the deadline we will assume that your provider has accepted its allocation.

16. HEPs that choose to opt out of this funding allocation by the deadline will not receive an allocation. For all other HEPs, Additional QR and Additional RCIF grant allocations will be included in January 2023 funding payments from Research England.

17. Any proposed allocations to HEPs that subsequently opt out of receiving this funding will be re allocated to the remaining eligible recipients. Allocations shown in Annex A are therefore provisional and may be increased to ensure the total budget is allocated. Further communication of the final allocations will be made in January and published on the UK Research and Innovation website.

18. Questions about the funding described in this letter should be directed to

Yours sincerely,

Professor Dame Jessica Corner
Executive Chair

Annex A: allocations for individual higher education providers

Additional quality-related research (QR) funding and Additional Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF) grants to address ongoing uncertainty over access to EU programmes, November of financial year 2022-23.
Higher education provider Additional QR grant (£) Additional RCIF grant (£)
AECC University College 10,000 0
Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation 220,131 73,366
Arts University Bournemouth, the 23,811 0
University of the Arts, London 247,188 85,296
Aston University 482,199 331,456
The University of Bath 1,329,398 846,841
Bath Spa University 100,601 44,972
University of Bedfordshire 88,549 62,932
Birkbeck College 634,463 247,821
The University of Birmingham 3,133,611 2,844,383
Birmingham City University 232,281 72,207
Bishop Grosseteste University 12,718 0
The University of Bolton 29,067 10,582
Bournemouth University 363,806 102,039
The University of Bradford 221,344 128,863
University of Brighton 470,825 171,814
University of Bristol 3,328,418 3,000,000
Brunel University London 648,937 521,467
Buckinghamshire New University 12,904 7,011
University of Cambridge 5,000,000 3,000,000
Canterbury Christ Church University 192,460 43,430
University of Central Lancashire 375,065 139,800
University of Chester 178,809 41,869
The University of Chichester 56,229 19,382
City, University of London 685,123 265,747
Courtauld Institute of Art 66,897 47,494
Coventry University 413,810 248,366
Cranfield University 688,178 689,809
University for the Creative Arts 48,453 5,484
The University of Cumbria 22,269 7,224
De Montfort University 331,172 92,920
University of Derby 148,073 38,157
University of Durham 1,610,038 1,175,927
The University of East Anglia 1,311,372 1,164,460
University of East London 158,238 54,800
Edge Hill University 154,551 32,656
The University of Essex 774,091 707,580
University of Exeter 2,057,376 1,808,447
Falmouth University 72,179 17,446
University of Gloucestershire 75,858 30,759
Goldsmiths’ College 469,399 157,111
University of Greenwich 414,789 200,894
Guildhall School of Music & Drama 39,302 9,624
Harper Adams University 42,231 43,353
Hartpury University 10,000 0
University of Hertfordshire 407,613 179,948
The University of Huddersfield 528,528 273,365
The University of Hull 458,291 239,319
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 5,000,000 3,000,000
Institute of Cancer Research: Royal Cancer Hospital (The) 938,864 868,425
University of Keele 430,113 332,279
The University of Kent 1,013,096 465,305
King’s College London 4,627,210 3,000,000
Kingston University 380,197 78,471
The University of Lancaster 1,515,803 1,023,769
The University of Leeds 3,053,213 2,927,303
Leeds Arts University 10,000 0
Leeds Beckett University 263,533 75,250
Leeds Trinity University 15,363 0
The University of Leicester 1,217,489 1,127,766
University of Lincoln 437,306 215,924
The University of Liverpool 2,264,700 1,951,692
Liverpool Hope University 82,534 14,686
Liverpool John Moores University 497,575 233,628
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 530,785 919,812
University College London 5,000,000 3,000,000
University of London 0 31,549
London Business School 139,252 67,916
London Metropolitan University 78,929 17,668
The London School of Economics and Political Science 955,041 652,784
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1,297,898 2,269,131
London South Bank University 174,445 91,903
Loughborough University 1,234,334 839,381
The University of Manchester 5,000,000 3,000,000
Manchester Metropolitan University 726,509 232,083
The Metanoia Institute 10,000 0
Middlesex University 298,191 99,313
National Film and Television School (The) 0 32,617
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 2,405,856 1,952,672
Newman University 14,979 0
University of Northampton, The 55,870 18,316
University of Northumbria at Newcastle 1,045,728 237,289
Norwich University of the Arts 16,205 0
Nottingham Trent University 479,639 170,123
University of Nottingham, The 3,140,824 2,428,830
The Open University 612,425 297,819
School of Oriental and African Studies 330,248 174,235
University College of Osteopathy (The) 10,000 0
University of Oxford 5,000,000 3,000,000
Oxford Brookes University 327,798 149,423
University of Plymouth 508,051 305,142
University of Portsmouth 581,894 211,663
Queen Mary University of London 2,404,208 2,004,078
Ravensbourne University London 10,000 0
The University of Reading 1,062,072 853,997
Roehampton University 276,715 71,037
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance 10,000 0
The Royal Academy of Music 12,986 0
The Royal Agricultural   University 14,230 0
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 65,876 16,793
Royal College of Art (The) 126,275 77,249
Royal College of Music 28,819 15,327
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 817,503 464,488
Royal Northern College of Music 19,978 14,158
The Royal Veterinary College 338,789 259,227
University of Salford, The 326,111 136,621
The University of Sheffield 2,933,542 3,000,000
Sheffield Hallam University 408,275 205,344
Solent University, Southampton 14,546 0
University of Southampton 2,798,839 2,434,632
University of St Mark & St John 10,000 0
St Mary’s University, Twickenham 43,253 11,494
St. George’s Hospital Medical School 217,330 178,808
Staffordshire University 100,217 17,548
University of Suffolk 10,000 0
University of Sunderland 100,490 42,000
The University of Surrey 1,123,562 872,965
University of Sussex 1,095,226 783,624
Teesside University 206,681 59,870
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 13,481 0
The University of Warwick 2,332,885 2,365,677
The University of West London 73,845 13,020
University of the West of England, Bristol 357,150 262,154
The University of Westminster 371,197 105,504
University of Winchester 84,907 12,223
University of Wolverhampton 171,535 84,659
University of Worcester 65,064 20,854
University of York 1,770,378 1,457,847
York St John University 81,496 8,215
Overall total 100,000,003 70,650,001


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