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 at a small scale.

The Expressions of Interest stage of the bid is now open.
Expressions of Interest for the fund should be submitted by noon on Tuesday 17 July 2018.

 

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, and limited scale of activity.

This is a competitive scheme and £75m is available through the fund to be distributed between the successful unit/department(s) 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.

Contact

ExpandingExcellence@re.ukri.org

How to apply

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 and excellent research units seeking expansion to submit expressions of interest for the resource grants on a competitive basis.

Institutions should ensure they will be able to meet the requirements for the fund outlined in the guidance, and the Terms and Conditions for Research England funding, before preparing to submit an expression of interest (EOI).

You should then submit your EOI by noon on Tuesday 17 July 2018 to expandingexcellence@re.ukri.org.

The template to use to submit an EOI (Annex A) is provided with the guidance document (RE-P-2018-01).

E3 Panel

Professor Sir Ian Diamond (Chair)

Professor Sir Ian Diamond (Chair) is Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen until July 2018 and current chair of Plan International. Sir Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group. Sir Ian has chaired a number of important higher education committees including Universities UK’s Research Policy Network, Universities Scotland’s International Committee, Funding Policy Group and Efficiencies Task Force.

Professor Siladatya Bhattacharya

Professor Siladatya Bhattacharya is the new Head of the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. Prof Bhattacharya serves on several national and international committees relating to reproductive medicine.

Professor Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown is Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art in London and was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Brighton. He currently chairs a panel in the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise 2020 [arts] and before this was chair of Main Panel D in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. His work for other organisations has included being chair of the Portuguese Government’s Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia Research Grants Panel [arts], membership of a panel convened by the Austrian Science Board to make recommendations on the developments of arts universities in Austria and membership of an OECD review on national provision in arts and culture higher education in Portugal. He is an editor of Design Issues Research Journal published by the MIT Press.

Professor Roger Goodman

Professor Roger Goodman is Chair of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford where he was previously Head of the Social Sciences Division. As a social anthropologist, Prof Goodman’s research over the past thirty years has been mainly on Japanese education and social policy.

Professor Karen M Holford CBE FREng

Professor Karen M Holford CBE FREng is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Physical Sciences and Engineering. Prof Holford’s engineering career spans industry and academia. Karen is a member of STFC council and of EPSRC SAN.  She was a panel member for the recent “Reid Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales”.

Professor Lin Foxhall

Professor Lin Foxhall is Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and Dean, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on material culture, landscapes, agriculture and gender in the classical world.

Professor Frank Kelly

Professor Frank Kelly is Professor of the Mathematics of Systems at the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Prof Kelly’s main research interests are in random processes, networks and optimization.

Professor Judith Petts

Professor Judith Petts is Vice-Chancellor of University of Plymouth and previously PVC Research and Enterprise at both Southampton and Birmingham universities as well as Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at Southampton. As a geographer, Prof Pett’s research has bridged the gap between the formal approaches to environmental management and the social dimensions.

Professor Mona Siddiqui

Professor Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal Religion and Society, and Dean international for the Middle East at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Siddique’s research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics, and Christian-Muslim relations.

In establishing the panel we have sought a diverse membership, aiming to retain balance across a broad spectrum of discipline areas, who will provide established and insightful experience of HE research. To ensure independence the majority of members are from outside of the English HE sector and from institutions in receipt of sizeable QR funding (and therefore unlikely to be E3 applicants). In constructing an effectively sized panel with the Chair, we have made efforts to appoint a diverse and independent panel but we cannot cover all disciplines and backgrounds.

To support the panel with their decision making we will be seeking the input of our colleagues in the research councils and early career researchers.