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Research England

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation. We oversee UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; managing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and administering the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).


New funding to unlock £580m investment in the north of England

22 July 2021

New funding to unlock £580m investment in the north of England

Research England is investing over £5.5 million of Connecting Capability Fund money to strengthen commercialisation and create jobs in the north of England. Announced today in support of the government’s ambitious new Innovation Strategy, this investment is part of a wider £25 million boost to the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). This follows on from £86.

Launch of the future research assessment programme

19 May 2021

Launch of the future research assessment programme

The four UK higher education funding bodies are launching the Future Research Assessment Programme. This programme has been initiated at the request of UK and devolved government ministers and funding bodies. It is a significant piece of work aimed at exploring possible approaches to the assessment of UK higher education research performance.


Following a recent request for HEIs to supply a principal point of contact (and alternative in case of absence) through whom requests for information and updates relating to research and knowledge exchange matters relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak can be addressed, Research England has begun making contact with HEIs informing them of updates and changes to funding programmes as a result of COVID-19, either directly or through established channels. If you have any queries not covered in these communications, please contact the relevant address below:

For all other funding queries please contact