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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).

Explanation of QR funding method

2017/18 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.

Explanation of PGR funding method

PGR funding allocations for 2017/2018

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