Our views Charity funding of research in universities Why is the CRSF so important? Why don’t charities pay indirect costs? Charities exist because of donations from the public and philanthropists; in 2016 over 8 million people donated to medical research. The views and wishes of people who donate, particularly at a time of increased scrutiny on charities, are of paramount importance. When people donate, they expect their money to be spent on research to ultimately benefit patients. This means that charities pay the direct costs of research and the CRSF is needed to enable universities to pay the indirect costs required for charity funded research to occur, e.g. estates, shared IT and administration. Government have a responsibility to ensure that universities are funded in a sustainable way. For universities, particularly those in receipt of high proportions of charity funding, the CRSF is a key part of this.