Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Research by higher education institutions

When undertaking research will further a main charitable aim.



This guidance is for:

  • charity trustees of higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • staff at HEIs involved in arranging or managing research
  • commercial organisations that fund research at HEIs
  • government departments involved in funding or regulating the activities of HEIs

It explains:

  • how charitable status and public benefit affect HEI research
  • when research will, and will not, be charitable
  • what are private benefits, and when they are acceptable in furtherance of a main charitable aim
  • how HEIs can benefit from non-charitable research
  • where to find further guidance