Circular letter

March 2019

Allocations from the 2018-19 Strategic Priorities Fund, and re profiling of payments of research funding

Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal,

Notice of additional funding and a re-profiling of payments relating to existing research funding 

  1. Research England has been allocated an element of the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund budget to distribute to higher education institutions (HEIs) for 2018-19.
  2. A total of £16.3 million will be distributed to HEIs in proportion to their 2018‑19 Quality-related Research (QR) funds, excluding the element relating to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
  3. This additional amount is not base-lined and there is no expectation of a further allocation for 2019-20.
  4. Allocations to institutions are shown in Annex A and payment will be made to HEIs in March 2019.
  5. Additionally, we have reviewed the profile of payments of QR (excluding GCRF) to HEIs across the months of the academic year 2018-19.
  6. We will be adjusting the profile by bringing forward some payments that had been scheduled for April 2019 into March 2019.
  7. The re-profiling of payments does not affect the total research allocation announced for the HEI for the academic year 2018-19 listed in Annex A of the publication RE-P-2018-04 ‘Research and knowledge exchange funding for 2018-19: Recurrent grants and formula capital allocations’; only the timing of payments is affected.

Yours sincerely

David Sweeney

Executive Chair