Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund

This document sets out the arrangements for an additional allocation of research resource funding for higher education institutions in 2019-22. It provides guidance on both stages of the competition (expressions of interest and full bid) and invites institutions with small but excellent research units seeking expansion to submit expressions of interest for the resource grants on a competitive basis.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest has now passed. Unless contacted earlier for clarifications, we will next be in touch in October to inform applicants of outcomes.

Executive Summary

This document sets out the arrangements for a new scheme, the Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund: 2019-2022. This is a two-stage process. We are inviting eligible higher education providers with small units exhibiting a significant record of research excellence to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to apply for a principally resource grant on a competitive basis. Successful bidders at the expression of interest stage will subsequently be invited to submit a full bid.

An independent assessment panel will assess all expressions of interest supported by clear advice from Research England and other UKRI Research Councils where pertinent.

Key Points

Research England has allocated up to £75 million to E3 from 2019 up to 2022. This invitation relates to that funding, which will be available starting from the academic year 2019-20.

This guidance covers both stages of the process – expressions of interest and the full bid submission. Annex B of this guidance is an EOI template that institutions wishing to bid in this competition must submit to Research England. Institutions that are successful at the EOI stage will be invited to submit a full bid and will be provided with a full bid submission template.

Action required

HEIs should submit their EOI using the template at Annex B by noon on Tuesday 17 July 2018.
Email expandingexcellence@re.ukri.org for any queries regarding your bid or how to apply.

Institutions should ensure they will be able to meet the requirements for the fund outlined in this document before preparing to submit an EOI.

At the EOI stage, multiple bids (up to three per HEI) are permitted. Collaborative bids which bring together collective capability and resource are particularly welcome. Each HEI is invited to make an additional collaborative bid beyond the total of three bids permitted for individual HEIs. A collaborative proposal should be for a coherent project across the partners, rather than a series of smaller unconnected projects.

At any point, potential bidders may ask about the criteria, but no feedback can be given on the relative strength of their bid. The panel will take an independent decision on the quality of the bids as outlined in this document.