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.