From which government, NGO or Private companies do universities receive funding’ for research?

Santino Pani made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Imperial College London

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Dear Imperial College London,

I am writing you for a Request of information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on the following topics: “From which government authorities, NGO or Private companies do universities receive funding’ for research?”, a research based on information of public interest, for journalism purposes.
Can you provide information to the following questions?
1) What is the total amount that the university received in funds for research, industrial consultancy fees and/or funded researches from government, NGO or private companies in the last five financial years (from 2013 till 2017)? The information should be broken down by organization or company name, year per year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), in a CSV format, if possible.
2) A portfolio statement for the funds the university has investments in. If you do not have a copy of it, can you provide a list of funds and corresponding management companies? Details should be broken down year by year, for the last financial years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), provided in a CSV format, if possible.
3) Can you provide details of research projects (such as executive summary and details of reports’ publication, university department and researchers’ names) of projects whose funds exceed £50,000, in the same period of time (2013-2017)?

Yours faithfully,

Santino Pani

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Pani,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,
Alex Fisher

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Pani,

 

Thank you for your recent FOI request.

 

Please find below the College's response to your questions.

 

1)            What is the total amount that the university received in
funds for research, industrial consultancy fees and/or funded researches
from government, NGO or private companies in the last five financial years
(from 2013 till 2017)? The information should be broken down by
organization or company name, year per year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
2017), in a CSV format, if possible.

 

Between 2013 and 2017 Imperial College received £1,733,532,957 for
research. See attachment 1 for a breakdown by funder and year.

 

College is unable to provide a list of funds received through industrial
consultancy fees as these contracts are commercially sensitive and
confidential. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under
Section 43 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 43 (2) states
that information is exempt if its disclosure “would or would be likely to,
prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public
authority holding it).”

 

2)            A portfolio statement for the funds the university has
investments in. If you do not have a copy of it, can you provide a list of
funds and corresponding management companies? Details should be broken
down year by year, for the last financial years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
2017), provided in a CSV format, if possible.

 

See attachment 2.

 

3)            Can you provide details of research projects (such as
executive summary and details of reports’ publication, university
department and researchers’ names) of projects whose funds exceed £50,000,
in the same period of time (2013-2017)?

 

Approximately 4000 projects have a budget exceeding £50,000. To locate,
extract and collate this information would exceed the appropriate limit.
This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 12(1)
of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 12 states that “Section 1 (1)
does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for
information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the
request would exceed the appropriate limit (under the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004).”  The appropriate limit is set at 18 hours.

 

Under the College’s duty to meet Section 16 of the FOI Act and provide
advice and assistance to a requester, a list of publically funded research
projects involving Imperial College can be found on the Research Council
UK website at
[1]http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/search/project?ter....   

 

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our
complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your
request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response,
you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

 

The College Secretary

Imperial College London

Exhibition Road

London

SW7 2AZ

E-mail: [email address]                  

 

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles
your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for
the Freedom of Information Act who is:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

http://www.ico.gov.uk    

 

Kind regards,

Alex Fisher

 

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Dear Mr Fisher,

Thank you for your response.

I understand about the time and cost limit. So, if i request a report of specific researches, could you provide that ?
Further, about the file, I asked if you could provide a spreadsheet format ( the .csv extension means that is a spreadsheet) But you instead saved it as a text, making it impossible to read, so as it is. I can try to convert it on a spreadsheet format, but I fear that the data you provided would appear differently.
Can you provide the same data on a spreadsheet extension ? (to do that, you need to save the file, throught excel or equivalent program, with "Save as Excel workbook.xlsx , or compatble).

Yours sincerely,

Santino Pani

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Pani,

I apologise for the delay in responding to your follow up clarification.

As you initially requested the information in a CSV format, we provided it to you in this way. However I see that the file has been corrupted after sending it via WDTK. Please find attached the information in a spreadsheet format.

After speaking to my colleagues it may be possible to provide information on research projects within the 18 hour timeframe set out in the Freedom of Information Act if specific funders or projects are requested. However, until we receive the request we cannot advise on the outcome.

Kind regards,
Alex Fisher

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Dear Mr Fisher, IMPFOI, Imperial College,

Thank you for your response, and sorry to reply so late.

I wish have more information about the following funds (if you could provide a report, with names of researchers, or a link where they are available it would be ok):

Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center QSTP LL 2012/2013 £11,340,156
Qatar Petroleum 2012/2013 £10,764,808
BP International Limited 2012/2013 £3,673,293
Statoil ASA 2012/2013 £1,771,619
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S. A. – PETROBRAS 2012/2013 £1,324,925
Rolls-Royce Plc 2012/2013 £1,155,254
Shell Global Solutions International BV 2012/2013 £997,068
Statoil Petroleum AS 2012/2013 £783,260
Dubai Cares 2012/2013 £535,520
Exxon Mobil Upstream Research Company 2012/2013 £527,500
Qatar Foundation 2012/2013 £443,718
BP America Production Company 2012/2013 £279,023
Total E&P Recherche Developpement 2012/2013 £278,715
University Of Tasmania 2012/2013 £224,391
Shell Research Limited 2012/2013 £197,627
Praxair Inc 2012/2013 £186,792
EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd 2012/2013 £144,417

Thank you,

Santino Pani

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Pani

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Catherine Mitchell

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Pani

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

Please find below the College’s response to your questions.

I wish have more information about the following funds (if you could provide a report, with names of researchers, or a link where they are available it would be ok):

Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center QSTP LL 2012/2013 £11,340,156
Qatar Petroleum 2012/2013 £10,764,808
BP International Limited 2012/2013 £3,673,293
Statoil ASA 2012/2013 £1,771,619
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S. A. – PETROBRAS 2012/2013 £1,324,925
Rolls-Royce Plc 2012/2013 £1,155,254
Shell Global Solutions International BV 2012/2013 £997,068
Statoil Petroleum AS 2012/2013 £783,260
Dubai Cares 2012/2013 £535,520
Exxon Mobil Upstream Research Company 2012/2013 £527,500
Qatar Foundation 2012/2013 £443,718
BP America Production Company 2012/2013 £279,023
Total E&P Recherche Developpement 2012/2013 £278,715
University Of Tasmania 2012/2013 £224,391
Shell Research Limited 2012/2013 £197,627
Praxair Inc 2012/2013 £186,792
EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd 2012/2013 £144,417

The College cannot provide names of individual researchers. This is because it is personal information and is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if - (a) it constitutes personal data."

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response, you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

The College Secretary
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2AZ
E-mail: [email address]

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for the Freedom of Information Act who is:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards,

Catherine Mitchell

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