(2) what the planned expenditure for the Charity Research Support Fund is for 2009-10.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides a Quality Related (QR) block grant for research to higher education institutions. The QR grant is determined by adding together a number of elements—the “charity support element” is calculated by reference to institutions’ levels of charitable research income. The funding that arises from this calculation is distributed to institutions within their overall QR block grant rather than as a separate fund. It is for institutions that receive QR to determine how to use that funding in line with their own priorities.
The amount to be allocated to the charity support element for 2009-10 and any subsequent year will be determined by HEFCE in due course, having regard to the resources available for distribution at the time.
Statistics on higher education institutions’ income are collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Research income received by higher education institutions in England from UK-based charities for the last five academic years for which data are available is shown in the following table.
Income (£ million) 2002/03 542 2003/04 577 2004/05 586 2005/06 610 2006/07 645
Income (£ million)
Information is not collected on the type of research that this income was used for.
The Department does not collect equivalent figures from other European countries.