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Research: Finance

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much and what proportion of university research income was sourced from (a) business and (b) charities in each of the last 10 years. (242773)

Statistics on research grants and contracts income are collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in their Finance Statistics Return.

The following table shows for Higher Education Institutions in England, a time series of research grants and contracts income from UK-based charities and UK industry. The information is shown in a separate table.

£ million/percentage

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

UK-based charities

310

338

356

401

462

504

542

577

585

610

645

UK industry, commerce and public corporations

155

170

183

201

215

209

214

204

200

208

220

Total research grants and contracts

1,366

1,431

1,505

1,614

1,812

1,987

2,110

2,211

2,347

2,539

2,744

HEFCE recurrent research income

642

714

831

864

880

888

941

1,037

1,079

1,250

1,344

Total Research income (Research grants and contracts + HEFCE Recurrent R)

2,007

2,145

2,336

2,478

2,693

2,875

3,050

3,248

3,426

3,789

4,088

UK-based charities as a percentage of total research income

15.4

15.8

15.3

16.2

17.1

17.5

17.8

17.8

17.1

16.1

15.8

UK industry as a percentage of total research income

7.7

7.9

7.8

8.1

8.0

7.3

7.0

6.3

5.8

5.5

5.4