Quality-related research funding

07 July 2017

Quality-related ‘QR’ funding is a highly competitive funding source which allows universities to engage in long-term strategic planning for research and to respond quickly to emerging opportunities, giving them a strategic edge against international competitors.


Without QR funding, the UK would not have: graphene, genomics, opto-electronics, cosmology research, and new tests and treatments for everything from bowel disease to diabetes, dementia and cancer.

Flexible, longer-term funding complements a challenge-based approach to research funding by ensuring there is a pipeline of new ideas to underpin innovation in areas which have not yet emerged as the global challenges of the future.

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