Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund

The Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund is designed to build the capacity and quality of research in departments and units within English universities where excellence exists but at a small scale.

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.

Background

The Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund aims to support the strategic expansion of excellent research units and departments in HEIs across England. In order to expand excellence, E3 focusses only on units and departments where there is demonstrable research excellence already, but limited scale of activity.

This is a competitive scheme and £75m is available through the fund to be allocated to each successful unit/department over three years (AY 19/20, 20/21 and 21/22). Awards will be for the three year period, allowing successful bidders time to scale up activity and build quality. Funding will be primarily resource in nature, although bids that make the case for capital funding as part of the proposal will be considered.

Aims of the Fund

•  Strengthen the contribution of English HEIs to our society, pushing the frontiers of human  knowledge, delivering economic impact and creating social impact by supporting our society and others to become enriched, healthier, more resilient and sustainable;

•  Build the capacity and quality of research in departments and units within English universities where excellence exists but at a small scale with potential for growth;

•  Contribute towards the delivery of government strategy, including the Industrial Strategy, the GCRF strategy and local priorities by supporting sustained improvements in research capacity across England while maintaining the principle of funding excellence wherever it is found;

•  Enhance the skills base and build talent in areas of research excellence where there is untapped potential;

•  Stimulate strategic partnerships between HEIs and other organisations outside of Higher Education.