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Research: Finance

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 68700, tabled on 3 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to allocate additional funding to research departments at universities that are not in receipt of a teaching excellence framework award.

Answered on

13 July 2020

Research funding allocations to universities from Research England are based primarily on the performance of their research departments under the Research Excellence Framework while project funding is allocated through competition, for example from the Research Councils. Research allocations are made irrespective of whether the university has been assessed through the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcome Framework.

From the Autumn, Government will provide research-active higher education providers across the UK with a package of support to sustain research capacity which is at risk from income losses due to COVID-19, consisting of low-interest loans with long pay-back periods, supplemented by a small amount of government grants. This will cover up to 80% of a university’s income losses from international students for the academic year 20/21, up to the value of their non-publicly funded research activity. In order to be eligible, the provider in England must be an “Approved (Fee Cap)” provider registered with the Office for Students and already in receipt of Research England funding.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy