University external research income

Substantial growth in university external research income

After adjusting for inflation, the external research income of the universities was 20 percent higher in 2017 than in 2012. Compared to 2002the first year external research income was measured for the Performance-Based Research Fundit has nearly doubled.

Date Updated: December 2018

Indicator Description

This indicator looks at inflation-adjusted university external research income and university external research income as a percentage of total operating revenue.  See the ‘definition’ document for a more detailed description of these measures.

External research income up 5 percent per year since 2013

The inflation-adjusted external research income of the universities increased by 5 percent (on average) per year from a low point in 2013.  From 2002 to 2009, it grew at a higher rate of 7.3 percent per year.  Even though it decreased by 2.5 percent per year from 2009 to 2013, the inflation-adjusted external research income of universities has nearly doubled since 2002.  This was the first year that external research income data was measured for the Performance-Based Research Fund. See Figure 1.

In 2017, the external research income of the universities totalled 13 percent of total operating revenue, or $512 million.  It was 20 percent higher in inflation-adjusted terms in 2017 than in 2012.

Figure 1: University external research income (2017 prices)

Figure 1: University external research income

Note:      University external research income has been adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (all groups excluding the impact of the goods and services tax increase in 2010) with a base period of 2017.
Source:  Ministry of Education

Data on the external research income earned by New Zealand universities is collected annually to inform the Performance-Based Research Fund.  The sources of external research income for universities include government purchase agencies, such as the Health Research Council, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and businesses.

Since 2015, the Performance-Based Research Fund collects information on external research income by source.  In 2017, 60 percent of external research income was sourced from New Zealand government contestable research funds, 18 percent from New Zealand public sector research contracts, 15 percent from non-New Zealand government domestic sources (including business), and 6 percent from overseas sources.  See Figure 2.

Figure 2: Sources of university external research income

Figure 2: Sources of university external research income in 2016

Source:  Ministry of Education

Reference

Ministry of Education (2017). Profile & Trends 2016. Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support. Wellington: Ministry of Education.

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