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Funding research

We provide funding for research primarily through our QR - Quality Research -funding stream. We also provide funding to institutions for the training of postgraduate research students.

Quality Research – QR

We allocate QR funding selectively to recognise and reinforce research excellence.  The funding is distributed by formula on the basis of the outcomes of the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). In 2016/17 we are providing £71 million through QR.

Explanation of QR funding method

2016/17 QR allocations

Postgraduate Research Funding (PGR)

We operate a separate funding stream to support the training that higher education institutions provide for postgraduate research (PGR) students. In 2016/17, we are providing £5.2 million through our PGR funding stream.

Explanation of PGR funding method

PGR funding allocations for 2016/2017

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