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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Knowledge exchange funding - HEIF for 2017 to 2018

Allocations for Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) are performance-based, and institutions are eligible to receive an allocation if they exceed a £250,000 allocation threshold related to their external income earnings and performance of the sector overall.

For 2017-2018 allocations onwards, we have implemented a new approach of calculating annual allocations to higher education institutions (HEIs), based on latest data, to reward up-to-date performance.

This is coupled with an annual modifier to provide some stability in allocations. Ordinarily this is set at +/- 10 per cent year-on-year from the operation of the formula alone, but in 2017-18 the upward modifier has been relaxed to +30 per cent to allow a further £25 million of funding to be allocated in support of the Industrial Strategy. This and other changes to the 2017-18 allocation are detailed in Circular letter 25/2017.

Allocations to HEIs annually will vary due to changes in their performance data, the effects of the modifier, and the total sum available to allocate for HEIF.

Further information

Further details on the operation of the formula and the transition to annual HEIF allocations can be found in the policy document (HEFCE 2016/16).

Allocations for 2017 to 2018 were published in June 2017.

Allocations for 2016 to 2017 were published in May 2016.

Information on previous HEIF allocations can be found on the previous funding page.

Information on the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) can be found separately to HEIF allocations.

HEIF: Institutional five-year knowledge exchange strategies

In August 2016 we asked all English HEIs with 2016-17 HEIF allocations to submit a five-year institutional knowledge exchange strategy (HEFCE 2016/16).

The strategies were assessed by expert researchers from RSM PACEC over the winter of 2016-17. Following HEFCE review, funding was confirmed to all 97 eligible institutions in spring 2017.

RSM PACEC's overview research report, ‘The state of the English university knowledge exchange landscape’, draws on the evidence from the strategies and was published in August 2017.

See all information on present and commended strategies.

Past strategies can be found on the previous funding page. 

Page last updated 8 August 2017

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