Police Knowledge Fund

The College of Policing, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Home Office launched the £10m Police Knowledge Fund in 2015 to encourage collaboration between academia and police forces in order to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.

The Police Knowledge Fund supports the development of sustainable education and research collaborations between police forces and academic institutions in England and Wales. The fund contributes to the evidence base in priority areas of policing. It also develops the skills of frontline officers and staff, builds their knowledge and expertise about what works in policing and crime reduction, and puts it into practice.

There are three Knowledge Fund objectives.  They are to:

  • build sustained capability amongst officers and staff to understand, critique and use research, including the potential for officers and staff to carry out research and reviews of the evidence;
  • embed or accelerate understanding of crime and policing issues, and evidence based problem-solving approaches; and
  • demonstrate innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange and translation across all levels of policing.


Academic institutions, in partnership with police forces and other agencies, were able to bid for a share of the money to fund evidence-based approaches to problems faced by those on the frontline and to increase the flow of research in fighting crime.

Following a rigorous assessment process, 14 bids involving 39 forces, 30 universities, the British Transport Police, Police Service Northern Ireland and the National Crime Agency, were awarded funding. The successful bids range from the establishment of collaborations to achieve evidence-based regional and national centres for professional development, to key strategic areas of policing, to innovative research work in areas such as cybercrime, mental health issues and digital policing strategies.

A full list of the succcessful bids is available below.

Please email knowledgefund@college.pnn.police.uk for further information.

Lead institution Project title
​​University of Bedfordshire​​Enhancing police responses to child sexual exploitation, through collaborative working between academic and policing at both national and regional levels
​University of Cambridge​Promoting tipping points for evidence-based policing: An international centre of excellence in post-graduate police education and research
​​City University LondonEvidence-Informed Training - Sexual Offences (EITSO)
​​University of Exeter​​ExPERT: The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation project
​​Keele University​Action learning plus: Developing an action/work based learning system for improved knowledge exchange, development and implementation through partnership working
​​Leeds Beckett University​An evidence-based approach to fighting cybercrime from the frontline: Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of investigating cyber enabled crime
​​Liverpool John Moores University ​Embedding evidence-based practice in public protection and crime prevention: A multi-disciplinary partnership
​University of Northampton​East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
​​University of Nottingham​Better Policing Collaborative
​​The Open University​Centre for Policing Research and Learning
University of Sheffield​Developing restorative policing: using the evidence base to inform the delivery of restorative justice and improving engagement with victims
​University of Sussex​​Policing Hate Crime: Modernising the craft, an evidence based approach
​Cardiff University​OSCAR Development Centre: Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research
University of YorkCo-production of policing evidence, research and training: Focus on mental health