Research and innovation funding
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.
We will be reinstating support for innovation and engagement activities in 2020/21, and we are currently consulting on the way in which funding could be distributed to the sector.
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).
We operate a separate funding stream to support the training that higher education institutions provide for postgraduate research (PGR) students.
- Research and Innovation Capital 2017-18: £7.195 million
- Enhancing HE-FE Collaboration in Innovation and Engagement 2017-18: £3.5 million
- Enhancing Civic Mission and Community Engagement 2017-18: £1.8 million
Details of the individual projects and activities funded are on the HEFCW Innovation and Engagement Project Funding 2017-18 spreadsheet.