Recurrent Research Funding Across the United Kingdom

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The British Academy
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This paper was originally written to support a discussion that took place within the Higher Education Policy Development Group (HEPDG), a committee at the British Academy that is made up of both internal and external stakeholders.

The paper reflects on the value of recurrent research funding to institutions in the UK and differences in its allocation across the four nations. The publication outlines:

  • The widely recognised value of recurrent research funding as part of the landscape of UK higher education and its particular importance to the SHAPE disciplines
  • The different ways recurrent research funding is administered across the UK and recent trends in the level of funding allocations in each nation
  • The recent changes to recurrent research funding allocations across the four nations, as well as the importance of maintaining levels of recurrent funding alongside relative increases in wider research and innovation budgets

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