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

Santino Pani made this Freedom of Information request to University of Reading

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The request was refused by University of Reading.

Dear University of Reading,

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

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Pani,

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We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 02/02/2018.

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Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Pani,  
We are writing to advise you that it has been necessary to refuse this
request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
We estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate
costs limit established by section 12 of the Freedom of information Act
2000; this is currently set at £450 (or 18 hours work) by virtue of the
[1]Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. Our estimate has considered the time it would take to
determine whether we hold the information and then to locate, retrieve and
extract it.
We estimate that to determine whether we hold ‘details of research
projects of projects whose funds exceed £50,000’ for years requested 20013
through to 2017, then to locate, retrieve, and extract that information
would take longer than 18 hours to complete. The primary reason for this
is that to provide details of each research project which exceeds £50,000
in funding, for the four years specified is not recorded centrally in an
easily searchable, aggregated format. In order to locate the data
requested we would have to manually interrogate a very large volume of
records across various databases and files within the requested period, to
identify research projects with over £50,000 funds and extract the
executive summary for each. For the time periods requested this would
involve manually retrieving and searching through hundreds of research
project records.
We are sorry we cannot provide the requested information and under S.16
(duty to provide help and assistance), we would like to advise you that
for Research Council grants information, including abstracts, is available
on Gateway to Research which is available to anyone to look at. Accessible
here: [2]
We are also able to advise that information in respect of limb two is
exempt information on the basis of the following FOIA exemptions: s.21 -
information accessible to applicant by other means. You can find the
information you need at the following webpage:
We would like to offer some advice on how we may be able to provide
information within the appropriate limit. If a request was narrowed to
question one only we may be able to provide this information.
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Email: [5][email address]
Yours sincerely
Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[6][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   

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