Data published by Research Fortnight shows that between the financial years 2005-6 and 2006-7 it was second-tier institutions (e.g. York, Reading and Bath) that received the largest increase in funding. Analysis shows that 'the Russell Group's share of total grant funding fell from 72.5% to 66.8% between 2005-6 and 2006-7, while the share of the 1994 group, the coalition of smaller research-intensive universities, rose from 14.6% to 17.1%'.
Steve Smith, chairman of the 1994 group is quoted as saying'"The area where the 1994 Group traditionally lagged was research grants per member of staff. Now everyone is realising that metrics are coming in, and grant income has become an absolute priority."'