The four national higher education funding bodies each administer a charity support element as part of the QR funding they administer to universities.


In Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council [CHECK THIS HYPERLINK IS NOW BROKEN] (SFC) administers charity support as part of its Research Excellence Grant (REG). Part C of the REG is allocated for charity support. The REG part C has been fixed at £25 million per annum since 2015/16.


In Wales, £3.1 million of the £71 million of QR funding allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to institutions in Wales in 2016/18 was aimed to meet the full economic cost (FEC) of research funded by charities. This funding is allocated in proportion to research income awarded by charities through open competition in units which meet the QR quality and volume thresholds.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy administers higher education quality-related research (QR) funding. In 2016/17 the total charity support awarded was just under £3.4 million.