Government block funding to universities includes a charity research support element. This means that researchers who are funded by charities can recover a greater portion of the full costs of research. In 2016, 88% of all UK medical research funded by AMRC’s members took place directly in universities.

In England this support element is called the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF). By providing support for indirect costs, it enables universities to unlock investment from the medical research charity community.

The CRSF is an element of Government funding administered to universities as part of quality-related (QR) research funding. In England, it is allocated by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) before April 2018, and through Research England, under UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), after April 2018.