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The future of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

Morning, Thursday, 10th September 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will focus on the future of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).


It will be an opportunity to discuss:

  • the first iteration of the KEF which will have taken place and published its first results in summer;
  • Research England’s review of the HEIF allocation method, due to be published later this year ahead of this conference, which is the first stage in a programme of reforming HEIF and is likely to set out how HEIF links with KEF moving forward;
  • new five-year HEIF strategies expected to be required of institutions by Research England this summer;
  • the government decision to increase HEIF totals to £250m from 2020/21 as part of its Industrial Strategy; and
  • HESA’s review of HE-BCI - the Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction Collection - whose data provides many of the metrics for KEF. The business case for the new survey will be entering the design phase at the time of this conference.

Speakers

We are pleased that that Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England has agreed to deliver a keynote address.


Our expectation is that she will be outlining:

  • the lessons learned from the first KEF,
  • outcomes from the review of the HEIF allocation method, and
  • where next for the design of both KEF and HEIF.

At this early stage, further confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, National Centre for Universities and Business;
  • Tomas Ulrichsen, Research Associate, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge; and
  • Dr Alicia Greated, Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Transfer Network.

This conference will bring together further key policymakers with stakeholders from across universities and others - including research councils and other research funders, Catapult Centres and Public Sector Research Establishments, lawyers, consultancies, investors, academic publishers, charities, local authorities and other public bodies, Local Enterprise Partnerships, business associations and industry-specific groups as well as individual businesses.


The agenda

  • The first KEF and reforming HEIF - the state of play and where next;
  • Assessing the first KEF cycle, its impact and the next steps for the framework;
  • Reviewing the HE-BCI - next steps for design of the new survey;
  • The future for HEIF - priorities, expansion, the allocation method and the link to KEF;
  • Universities and the Industrial Strategy: Government’s vision for knowledge exchange.


Keynote Speaker

Alice Frost

Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England

Chair

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation

Speakers

Sean Fielding

Chair, PraxisAuril

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive Officer, National Centre for Universities and Business

Tomas Ulrichsen

Research Associate, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Alicia Greated

Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Transfer Network

Pippa Coutts

Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK Trust

Dr Kathryn Walsh

Director of Knowledge Exchange Policy and Practice, University College London