Our views Charity funding of research in universities When and why was the CRSF introduced? The CRSF was set up in 2006 and was originally tied to charity spend in universities. It started at £135.5 million in 06/07 and rose to £198 million in 10/11; but has plateaued since. The Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) was first put forward in the 2004 Science & innovation investment framework 2004 - 2014. On the development of CRSF, it was stated: “Government has worked closely with the Wellcome Trust, involving other leading medical research charities through the Association of Medical Research Charities, to develop a partnership agreement which will provide the basis for working together towards fully funding research in UK universities.” The CRSF was introduced as a partnership with Government to support charity research funding towards sustainability, enabling universities in receipt of charity grants to achieve a higher level of FEC. Charities do not fund as a portion of FEC, as Research Councils do, as charities do not pay the indirect costs of research.