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Higher Education Innovation Funding

Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) is designed to support and develop a broad range of knowledge exchange activities between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.

Funding for 2011 to 2015

Following a review of policies in the context of its Spending Review, the Government has agreed that we will allocate 150 million per year in HEIF funding for the period 2011 to 2015. A high priority is given at this time to activity that can help the country's economic growth.

Following consultation, institutions will only be eligible for a HEIF allocation if they exceed a 250,000 allocation threshold related to external income earnings. We have published final funding allocations and a request for institutional strategies.

This document:

  • gives the new policy context to HEIF
  • summarises the method and formula for 2011-15
  • gives institutional HEIF allocations for the next four years
  • requests HEIs receiving an allocation to submit an institutional strategy as the basis for the release of their allocation.

Formula funding for 2011-12 has been approved. Following our assessment of institutional strategies over summer 2011, funding for the following three years will be confirmed to all eligible institutions by November 2011. We will be supported in our assessment of strategies by experts who will also prepare an overview of all strategies, to be published in spring 2012.

Sector impact assessment of HEIF 2011-15

In developing HEIF 2011-15 we have assessed its impact on the higher education sector in terms of regulatory burden, equality and diversity, sustainable development and privacy.

Sector impact assessment

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Last updated 26 May 2011