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Charity Research Support Fund announcement

28 March 2014

The government scheme Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) will be maintained at £198 million for the period 2014-15.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced that the government-funded Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) will be maintained at £198 million for the period 2014-15. Maggie Blanks, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund said, “The Charity Research Support Fund covers the indirect costs of research, such as a university's heating and lighting, enabling the research grants from medical research charities like PCRF to be spent directly on research. So it’s good news that HEFCE has continued its commitment to this funding for 2014-15. This means that the £1 million worth of grants we made to research institutions in our last award round can fund more desperately needed pancreatic cancer research."

PCRF supporters joined other research charities in June 2013 calling on Chancellor George Osborne to maintain the Charity Research Support Fund for the spending round 2015-2016, amid concerns about widespread budget cuts. A commitment to back the scheme for 2015-2016 was made.

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