The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

We provide funding for knowledge exchange via the £210m Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and the wider world, which result in benefits to the economy and society.

HEIF allocations for 2018-2019

HEIF allocations are performance-based. Currently we fund around 80% of eligible institutions in England. Institutional allocations for Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) may be found here.

For the academic year 2018-19, we increased the total funding available by a further £25m, and made minor changes to the allocation method. These changes are detailed here.

Information on previous rounds of HEIF, including methods of allocation and amounts, may be found here.

Call for additional plans in support of the Industrial Strategy

In 2017-18, HEFCE made available an additional £25m of HEIF to support delivery of the industrial strategy. This was followed by Research England increasing HEIF again for 2018-19.

Because this additional funding was made available specifically for supporting the delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, in the spring of 2018 we called for additional plans to sit alongside the existing institutional strategies.

We have published a report which summarises uses of Industrial Strategy uplift allocations through HEIF and Industrial Strategy related developments in universities, based on evidence from the plans for HEIF submitted to Research England.

HEIF Strategies

In August 2016, HEFCE asked institutions eligible for HEIF to complete an institutional five year strategy. These strategies, together with an overview report, may be found here.

Research England will call for new strategies in 2019, as the basis for release of HEIF allocations from 2020-21.