Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund

The Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund supports small and excellent research units and departments in higher education providers across England to expand and increase their activity where they have potential to grow.

Up to £180 million
Partners involved:
Research England (RE)

The scope and what we're doing


The aims of the E3 fund are to:

  • support the contribution of English universities to our society by pushing the frontiers of human knowledge and delivering transformative economic, environmental, and societal impact
  • fund the strategic and sustainable expansion of research capacity across England’s regions. E3 will focus on where distinctive research excellence with the potential for expansion already exists and where those existing disciplinary or interdisciplinary foci can benefit their local or regional setting at an increased scale
  • contribute towards the delivery of government priorities while maintaining the principles of funding excellence wherever it is found and delivering a research environment that reflects the rich diversity of the UK and cultivates future talent

Opportunities, support and resources available

Funding opportunities

Who to contact

Governance, management and panels

To be announced early 2023.

Last updated: 5 December 2022

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