The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has allocated 7,604 (full-time equivalent) additional student numbers (ASN) for 2010-11 to institutions to support existing initiatives such as those supported by the Strategic Development Fund. This allocation protects and enhances existing projects already being funded by the council. The remainder are the subject of a bidding process. The priorities for these places are Strategic and Vulnerable Subjects, and Health. The balance between the two groups is not yet known.