Funding Models, Research Performance and the Effects of the UK National Science System


The project reported on a comparison of the impact of different funding routes for public support of research in the UK, and included an analysis of the distribution of funding streams across the dual support system in the UK and of the relationship between the institutional receipt of such funding and the pathways to impact followed by individual academics in the UK. Some of the databases created as part of the project were:

  • A database of HESA and Funding Council data by combining cross-sectional annual data from HESA on Research income by type for the years 2001/2 to 2010/11 by institution and cost centre and quality-related research (QR) funding data by institution and Unit of Assessment (UOA) by year using Funding Council Sources
  • Construction of RAE score and Research Grant variable for all UK HEIs which was added to the CBR Survey of Academics
  • Using the CBR academic survey to construct a matched database, consisting of research grant holders and non-grant holders.

Principal investigators

  • Alan Hughes
  • Michael Kitson


  • Anna Bullock
  • Isobel Milner