Knowledge exchange framework (KEF)

The aim of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE) and to further a culture of continuous improvement in universities. It will allow universities to better understand and improve their own performance, as well as provide businesses and other users with more information to help them access the world-class knowledge and expertise embedded in English HEPs.

KEF dashboards

KEF results are presented on interactive dashboards that can be found here.

KEF background

Work to create the KEF began in 2017, when the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation commissioned the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to provide more information about HEP achievements in serving the economy and society for the benefit of the public, business and communities,

Research England assumed responsibility for this as part of its wider KE policy and funding remit in April 2018.

A timeline for the development of the KEF and links to associated development documentation is available here.


A resource of frequently asked questions, including detailed information about the mathematical calculations used by the KEF dashboard is available here.

Next steps for the knowledge exchange framework

Following publication of the first iteration of KEF results in March 2021, we will undertake a review of the KEF, including seeking feedback from the sector and users.  If you would like to be notified of updates on the KEF or feedback opportunities, please sign up to email alerts below.

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Subscribe to the KEF Jiscmail list to receive notification of any announcements relating to the KEF.

Further information

For further information about the Knowledge Exchange Framework, please contact