Research funding that was redistributed to newer universities following the 2008 research assessment exercise will in part be returned to the traditional elite.
A handful of members of the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities, along with some specialist colleges, are the biggest winners in terms of research funding in the 2010-11 grant allocations.
About half of the members of the Russell Group will see above-inflation increases in their recurrent grant for research after the Higher Education Funding Council for England rejigged the 2010-11 funding formula to favour "world-leading" research.
The largest overall rise goes to the University of Oxford, which will have its total research income increased by £7 million (a 6 per cent rise compared with this year). It is followed by University College London and the University of Cambridge, which are both up by more than £4 million (about 4 per cent).
To fund these increases, other institutions - particularly newer universities that had "pockets of research excellence" that were rewarded following RAE 2008 - face real-term cuts.
As Times Higher Education has reported, Hefce said that rejigging the funding formula to favour 4* work would "provide an initial step towards increased concentration".
An extra £32 million was added to the total research grant this year to counter the effects of inflation, which Hefce calculated at 2 per cent.
The total sum for 2010-11 is £1.6 billion, of which £1.1 billion is mainstream quality-related research funding.
Overall, the Russell Group universities' share will increase from 62.2 to 62.6 per cent.
Other university groupings - the 1994 Group, the University Alliance, Million+ and GuildHE - will all see their pots shrink by small amounts to accommodate the change.
However, not all of the newer members will lose out: the University of Huddersfield will gain £200,000 (up 9.9 per cent), while London Metropolitan University and the University of Bedfordshire both stand to gain more than 6 per cent.
Across the sector, 37 institutions will see higher-than-inflation rises in research funding, while 85 will face real-term losses.
|Biggest changes in total research grant funding|
|Top five winners and losers in cash terms|
|Institution||Total recurrent research funding 2010-11 (£)||Total cash change from 2009-10*|
|University of Oxford||126,035,8||7,132,485|
|University College London||108,978,258||4,474,222|
|University of Cambridge||117,842,931||4,172,051|
|Imperial College London||95,747,929||3,061,151|
|University of Manchester||84,617,452||2,035,570|
|University of Bradford||7,150,706||-259,772|
|University of the West of England||5,808,732||-282,898|
|University of East Anglia||16,129,509||-303,661|
|University of Plymouth||8,388,843||-350,916|
|University of Liverpool||37,618,860||-448,396|
|*Excludes transitional quality-related research funding (ie, moderation funding)|
• For a full breakdown of research allocations by institution, see related file box on right