Talent and Research Stabilisation Fund: allocation of funding letter November 2022


Circular letter

Talent and Research Stabilisation Fund Allocation – tranche 1, 28 November 2022.

Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

Notice of funding

1. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is writing to you to inform you that you are eligible to receive funding from the Talent and Research Stabilisation Fund. Government has allocated £30 million to launch this new fund in order to support the UK’s research sector to retain and attract talent in an environment of ongoing uncertainty regarding the UK’s association to Horizon Europe.

2. There will be light touch monitoring of Talent and Research Stabilisation funding. UKRI is interested in understanding more about what activity is undertaken by universities and research organisations to support, retain and attract talent, and to ensure that funds are used in a manner consistent with funding objectives. A short template will be distributed approximately 3 months after payment and should be completed and returned for end May 2023

3. Funding is distributed across eligible universities and research institutions. The fund does not intend to replace funding on the scale that they might have expected to successfully win through Horizon Europe association. Rather, the key objective of funding is to help institutions retain and attract talented people during this period of uncertainty.

4. UKRI is delivering this funding on behalf of the UK government using powers under Section 93 of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.

5. Funding can be used to support any field of research (social sciences and humanities, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences), and therefore recipients should have regard to how best to support and retain talent working in disciplines that are most impacted by the loss of Horizon Europe funding. Areas for potential investment by beneficiaries include, but are not limited to:

  • support established principal investigators and their teams to conduct ‘high risk, high reward’ research that has the potential to create a step change in knowledge
  • support principal investigators at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team
  • supporting programmes to train doctoral candidates and early career researchers

6. Eligibility is defined by universities that have made a submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 or organisations that have the UKRI status of ‘independent research organisation’, ‘public sector research establishment’ or ‘research institute’.

7. Eligible beneficiaries have a historic track record of funding in the Horizon 2020 Pillar 1 mono-beneficiary schemes that provide direct support to research talent. The funding will be distributed using a formula funding method that uses historic performance in the following Horizon 2020 schemes to determine recipients:

  • ERC Starting Grant
  • ERC Consolidator Grant
  • ERC Advanced Grant
  • MSCA Individual Fellowship

8. There is a maximum allocation of 5% of total funding.

9. There is a minimum allocation of £50,000.

10. We recognise that for those less familiar with this level of investment, spending this allocation within the financial year 2022 to 2023 may be a challenge, however recipients may count activity from 21 November 2022, the date of the
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announcement of funding, towards their spend.

11. While we encourage providers to consider how they might make best use of the funding, we do offer the opportunity for providers to opt out and choose not to receive a Talent and Research Stabilisation funding allocation.

12. In order to opt out of receiving Talent and Research Stabilisation funding, please complete the opt out form.

This offers a simple checkbox opt-out. Please complete the form by 13 January 2023.

13. To receive funding, you will be required to complete the attached ‘organisation creation form’, as verification checks are needed before payments can be made.

When completing the form, the ‘Address for Purchase Orders’ section should be filled in, but please note the payment will be by bank transfer. Please mark any lines that are not applicable with ‘N/A’.

The completed form should be sent to by 13 January 2023.

14. Allocations to institutions are shown in annex A. Payment will be made to universities and research organisations in early 2023.

15. In making use of the funding, organisations are required to consider equality, diversity and inclusion and be mindful of their obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

16. Funding organisations must ensure that their use of funding is compliant with all relevant legislation. This includes legislation applicable in the UK, such as the Subsidy Control Act 2022, that regulates the granting by a public sector body of any advantage which threatens to, or actually, distorts competition in the UK or any other country or countries.

17. In making use of the funding organisations must do all things necessary to ensure funding is not directed through any commercially oriented functions within the funding organisation, nor is it used to support commercial activity.

18. Questions about Talent and Research Stabilisation funding, allocations and eligible spend, should be directed to

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Smith

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Chair and UKRI International Champion

Annex A: allocations to institutions

UK Research and Innovation is included as the legal entity for payments to constituent research institutes.

Talent and Research Stabilisation Fund: allocations to institutions, financial year 2022 to 2023
Institution Allocation (£)
University of Oxford 1,500,000
University of Cambridge 1,500,000
University College London 1,500,000
University of Edinburgh 1,500,000
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 1,500,000
University of Bristol 1,434,144
The University of Manchester 1,241,879
University of Exeter 1,012,998
King’s College London 990,000
The University of Birmingham 956,107
University of Glasgow 952,837
The University of Warwick 910,730
The University of Leeds 739,505
The Francis Crick Institute Limited 697,033
The London School of Economics and Political Science 682,691
University of Southampton 549,931
University of St Andrews 533,813
Queen Mary University of   London 518,118
The University of Sheffield 440,091
University of York 422,843
University of Sussex 415,038
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 403,292
University of Durham 394,685
Cardiff University 389,836
The University of Liverpool 374,678
UK Research and Innovation 356,591
University of Nottingham, The 297,401
The University of East Anglia 293,447
John Innes Centre 253,889
Heriot-Watt University 248,446
University of Dundee 246,804
The University of Reading 228,086
The University of Lancaster 196,312
School of Oriental and African Studies 189,267
The University of Kent 187,796
The University of Leicester 174,269
The University of Bath 168,475
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 168,318
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 165,648
Queen’s University of Belfast 161,177
Aston University 136,550
London Business School 119,770
Goldsmiths’ College 118,590
Marine Biological Association of the UK 99,202
The Babraham Institute 98,651
The University of Huddersfield 94,867
The Sainsbury Laboratory 76,522
Liverpool John Moores University 75,916
Swansea University 74,853
National Oceanography Centre 70,700
Birkbeck College 69,848
Natural History Museum 66,162
The James Hutton Institute 60,970
Genome Research Limited 58,443
The Royal Veterinary College 58,435
Prifysgol Aberystwyth 55,513
The University of Surrey 54,786
City, University of London 54,623
University of Strathclyde 54,594
Institute for Fiscal Studies 52,869
Bangor University 51,474
University of Portsmouth 50,484
University of Stirling 50,000
University of London 50,000
University of Aberdeen 50,000
The University of Hull 50,000
De Montfort University 50,000
The Open University 50,000
Bournemouth University 50,000
Coventry University 50,000
University of Lincoln 50,000
Brunel University London 50,000
The University of Essex 50,000
Institute of Development Studies 50,000
University of Wolverhampton 50,000
The University of Bradford 50,000
British Museum 50,000
Nottingham Trent University 50,000
University of East London 50,000
Cranfield University 50,000
Diamond Light Source Limited 50,000
Quadram Institute Bioscience 50,000
University of Brighton 50,000
Institute of Cancer Research: Royal Cancer Hospital (The) 50,000
Manchester Metropolitan University 50,000
Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation 50,000
The University of Westminster 50,000
University of Keele 50,000
Kingston University 50,000
University of Plymouth 50,000
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 50,000
University of Hertfordshire 50,000
Earlham Institute 50,000
University of South Wales/Prifysgol De Cymru 50,000
Loughborough University 50,000
London South Bank University 50,000
Oxford Brookes University 50,000
University of Central Lancashire 50,000
St. George’s Hospital Medical School 50,000
The Scottish Association For Marine Science 50,000
Roehampton University 50,000
University of Northumbria at Newcastle 50,000
Rothamsted Research Limited 50,000
National Physical Laboratory Limited 50,000
Glasgow Caledonian University 50,000
University of the West of England, Bristol 50,000
Royal Northern College of Music 50,000
Plymouth Marine Laboratory Limited 50,000
University of the Highlands and Islands 50,000
Cardiff Metropolitan University 50,000
Bath Spa University 50,000
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 50,000
University of Ulster 50,000
Canterbury Christ Church University 50,000
Courtauld Institute of Art 50,000
Edinburgh Napier University 50,000
Royal College of Art(The) 50,000
University of Derby 50,000
University of Greenwich 50,000
University of Sunderland 50,000
University of Worcester 50,000
Victoria and Albert Museum 50,000
Agrifood and Biosciences Institute 50,000
Leeds Beckett University 50,000
Sheffield Hallam University 50,000
Staffordshire University 50,000
University of Salford, The 50,000
University of Gloucestershire 50,000
Middlesex University 50,000
University of Wales: Trinity Saint David 50,000
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 50,000
Grand total 30,000,000

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