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Research Excellence Framework

Latest information and details of the 2009 consultation.

Research

Our strategic aim is to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge.

To sustain our research base against global competition we must recognise and support excellent research financially, and foster effective collaboration.

HEFCE continues to develop a selective funding system that allocates our grant primarily by reference to robust assessments of research excellence and also works to maintain and develop the research infrastructure.

A key feature of a world-class research system is its openness and ability to change. We wish to enable researchers to respond to new trends and developments in their disciplines and in the research environment, and to pursue new fields of enquiry. Our funding arrangements nurture and respond to these as well as recognising established excellence.

Our strategic plan 2006-11 provides more information on our objectives in supporting research in higher education.

Last updated 24 September 2009