Non-HEFCW funding streams
HEFCW is not the only source of funding for higher education in Wales.
The European Union (EU) provides funding for a range of projects and programmes for the period 2014-2020:
- Key funders of research are the UK Research Councils. The seven Research Councils provide funding through open competition to support world-class research across the full spectrum of academic disciplines. Memoranda of Understanding have been set up between the Research Councils and the Welsh Government to promote effective communication about areas of common interest.
- Learning provision for the National Health Service, outside of medicine and dentistry, is currently funded primarily through the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NILAH). This provision includes areas such as nursing and midwifery. We work closely with NLIAH in a range of areas, for example, the National Student Survey, to consider areas where we might align practice and improve effectiveness.
- The Welsh Government provides direct funding support in a number of areas, for example the Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science supports knowledge exploitation and transfer activities. The National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) provides funding for health and social care research.
- Horizon 2020 (H2020) provides funding to implement the Innovation Union strategy, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative to promote Europe's global competitiveness. It emphasises excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, and is a key means to drive economic growth and create jobs. Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB) supports the higher education (HE) sector in Wales to engage with H2020. The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. It promotes effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and HE activities, operating on a membership basis.
- A large proportion of the EU budget is managed with national and regional authorities, largely through the Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), which also help to implement the Europe 2020 strategy. In Wales, the Welsh Government’s Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) manages the delivery of the ESIF programmes. An EU investment of nearly £2 billion is available to Wales for 2014-2020, which will support economic growth and jobs through research and innovation, business finance, information and communications technology (ICT), transport connectivity, energy, and helping people into work and training.
- In addition, the European Commission offers programmes that support transnational collaboration in a range of activities including research, curriculum development and community and business engagement. The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) issues a monthly bulletin on Higher Education funding which features the latest information on funding under various EU programmes. This includes the Erasmus+ programme which aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. Organisations are invited to apply for funding each year. The UK National Agency for Erasmus+ manages the programme, overseen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and supported by the devolved administrations.