HESA FSR with HE-BCI survey collection 2013/14
HESA FSR with HE-BCI survey collection 2013/14
General guidance on Table 1: Research related activities
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Version 1.0 Produced 2013-04-03
- Table 1 provides analysis of collaborative and contract research.
- Income should be returned for research projects which have public sponsorship (grant in aid from a government or public body) to support research performed in collaboration with at least one other non-academic organisation (collaborator). Collaborative research with other HEPs should not be included. In the context of collaborative research, it is the collaboration rather than the nature of the research that is of primary importance. 'Collaborative research' must involve:
Head 1: Collaborative research involving public funding
- grant-in-aid from at least one public body, and
- a material contribution (which may be cash or 'in-kind' if specified in the collaborative agreement and auditable) from at least one external non-academic collaborator.
The term 'non-academic organisation (collaborator)' should be understood to refer to charities, public and not-for-profit organisations as well as commercial business.
Where the material contribution is amended from the level in the original contract, and this amendment has been documented and is auditable the new amount can be returned under Head 1.
In-kind contributions should be ‘contractually explicit' i.e. the external partner should be aware of the financial values assumed for their contribution. In-kind contributions could for example include staff time, resources, materials, provision of data etc.
Collaborative multidisciplinary research centre
£350K ESRC research grant income
£450K BBSRC research grant income
International collaborating HEP
National Rail: £100K cash, data valued at £750K, secondment of staff to HEP £50K
Here the public body (National Rail) is acting as a project collaborator rather than as a sponsor. Contributions involving international collaborating HEP are not returned.
Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Collaborative R&D Project (one year duration) involving EPSRC, TSB, 2 HEPs and 7 industry collaborators
£250K TSB grant for collaborative R&D awarded to Big City University
£350K EPSRC research grant awarded to Big City University
£450K EPSRC research grant awarded to Campus College
£200K cash contribution from companies to Big City University
£300K cash contribution with £100k materials from companies to Campus College
£500K costs of project activities outside HEPs (described in collaboration agreement - apportioned equally)
Big City University
Income should be returned in line with the audited/published financial statements. Income attributable to the survey year should be returned, i.e. the whole value of a multiple year grant should not be returned in the year it was awarded but apportioned over the years as required. While these data are available elsewhere, KTPs and CASE awards are central to many HEPs' KT strategy and therefore should be included.
Sub-head 1a: BIS Research Councils, Royal Society & British Academy
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Sub-head 1b: Other UK Government departments
Sub-head 1c: EU Government
Head 2: Contract Research (excluding any already returned in Head 1 and research councils)
- employ fewer than 250 employees worldwide (including partners and executive directors), and
- has either an annual turnover not exceeding 50m euros, or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43m euros, and
- conforms to the following independence criteria:
An enterprise is considered independent unless 25% or more of the capital or of the voting rights is owned by an enterprise falling outside the definition of an SME whichever may apply, or jointly by several such enterprises. (This ceiling may be exceeded if the enterprise is held by public investment corporations, venture capital companies or organisational investors, provided no control is exercised either individually or jointly, or if the capital is spread in such a way that it is not possible to determine by whom it is held).
SMEs include micro, small and medium enterprises, and sole traders.
Project: Research and profile previous BBSRC grants and their effectiveness and recommend improvements to impact of funding
Return: As £50K under Sub-head 2f Total value with non-commercial organisations.
Project: Mapping a genome
Do not return: This is basic research and not relevant for the HE-BCI Survey as grants without collaboration should not be returned.
Client: Research Council
Project: Any responsive mode grant
Do not return: It is likely that most responsive mode grants are part of the core research funding arena and should not be returned.
Client: Non-STEM disciplines
Project: Various including commercial application of social sciences etc. and a range of contributions to creative and cultural industries
Contribution: Income returned in accordance with general guidance and rules.
Return: Traditionally, information gathered regarding contract research may have been seen as focussed on the STEM subjects. This is not the case under HE-BCI as all relevant research benefiting the economy and society should be included.
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