Knowledge Exchange Framework

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) was announced as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy which, among other things, promised increasing funding for research and knowledge exchange.

The KEF is intended to 'increase efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE), [and] to further a culture of continuous improvement in universities by providing a package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange operating at a world class standard. It aims to address the full range of KE activities'. It is proposed the KEF would have two strands:

  • principles and good practice
  • metrics

As defined by Research England, the purposes of the KEF are to provide:

  • universities with new tools to understand, benchmark and improve their individual performance
  • businesses and other collaborators or users with more information on universities’ individual strengths in KE
  • greater public visibility and accountability of university KE activities
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