Calculating Research Block Grants

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Research block grants are calculated using two years of the most recently available research income and higher degree by research (HDR) completions data. This method rewards the relative performance of each higher education provider (HEP) in attracting research income and supporting students to completion of a HDR.  

Research Training Program

The Research Training Program (RTP) allocates funding to HEPs based on their share of competitive grant income (25%), engagement income (25%) and weighted HDR completions (50%) in accordance with the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017.

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Image Displaying Types of Research Income by Percentage

A detailed guide to calculating the Research Training Program is available.

Research Support Program

The Research Support Program (RSP) allocates funding to HEPs based on their share of competitive grant income (47%) and engagement income (53%) in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2017

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Graph Displaying percentages of research Income

A detailed guide to calculating the Research Support Program is available.

Data used in 2023 research block grant calculations

The data used to calculate 2023 research block grants include:

  • 2020 research income
  • 2021 research income
  • 2020 HDR completions
  • 2021 HDR completions

Historical data

The historical research income, HDR completions and research block grants are available in the research block grants time series data sets.