Research and Innovation Services


Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)

13 November 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Framework is an institutional requirement that has two strands: Metrics for benchmarking an HEI performance in KE and Principles and good practice (or “concordat”).


In September 2019 Universities Minister Chris Skidmore announced that the first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will be implemented in 2020.

Within the metrics strand, UCL will be ranked alongside a group of sixteen ‘peer’ universities (including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Kings and Manchester) across several perspectives including research partnerships, working with business and working with the public and the third sector. These include data that relate to collaborative research (cash and in-kind) involving public funding and contract research with businesses and charities.  

How can you support the KEF?

Worktribe is a key source for some of the data required for UCL and ensuring that this data is captured and available for reporting will be crucial to ensuring that UCL can deliver a good KEF result. A good KEF result is vital for UCL to demonstrate that it is committed to knowledge exchange for the benefit of the economy and society. Research England are currently looking at how they use KEF metrics to allocate certain types of funding, for example, the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Please ensure that:

  • All partners named in a research proposal are added to the Worktribe Project Partner tab.
  • All In-Kind and Cash contributions from partners are captured on the partner tab.  
  • Projects which are explicitly associated with another project in the Funders award documentation should be connected by the Related Project(s) field.

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