The Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE) is currently refining the RAE, which from 2014 will be known as the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The new framework will seek to reduce the administrative burden of research assessment.
It will also produce robust UK-wide indicators of research excellence for all disciplines for use in benchmarking quality against international standards, helping to drive HEFCE’s funding for research and enabling it to invest in excellence where it is found. It is being developed through extensive consultation with the academic community and should be ready to assess research in higher education institutions by 2014.
For further information about the REF 2014 please visit the information pages on the HEFCE website.