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The framework is intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE), to further a culture of continuous improvement in university KE by providing a package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange operating at world class standard. It aims to address the range of different KE activities.

HEFCE is working with various stakeholders to develop the knowledge exchange framework including HEIs, Universities UK, Auril, PraxisUnico and other KE professional bodies, NCUB, research councils and Innovate UK.

Why we are developing the framework

The Government has asked HEFCE to lead on developing the knowledge exchange framework, most recently in the Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘Building a Britain fit for the future’ in November 2017.

There are two key strands to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF):


Page last updated 1 December 2017