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Research Operations Office


Published on Tue, 21/04/2015 - 12:23

1.       Final reporting

With the advent of reporting research outcomes through online systems, requirements for final reports have been reduced.  For all councils with the exception of BBSRC and ESRC, grants ending on or after 1 December 2012 will no longer require a final report.  ESRC are continuing with final reports as normal for now and the BBSRC will phase them out in coming months.  However, please note that certain grant schemes may still require a final report, and this will be requested in the usual way, through notification via RCUK's Je-s.  

 2.      Grant Condition 7 (GC7) Extensions

Grants may now be extended for up to 12 months, in total, as a result of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.  This affects grants announced from 1 October 2012. Extensions should be requested through the RCUK Je-s grant maintenance, as normal.

3.       Funding for publication costs

From April 2013, RCUK will be providing a block grant to the University to cover publication costs incurred in meeting the requirements of the RCUK Open Access policy.  Therefore, publication costs will cease on individual grants with an announced start date on or after 1 April 2013.  Grants that are already announced, or in the process of being announced, will not be revised; nor will grants with an announced start date before 1 April 2013.

4.       Change to AHRC Research Grant and Fellowship Applications

From 1 December 2012, AHRC are changing the way applicants must provide information about digital outputs or digital technologies in connection with their proposals.  The change affects all Research Grants and Fellowship Applications (but not Research Networking applications), even those without a digital element.  The purpose of the change is to provide clearer guidance about when and how technical information needs to be provided with the aim of reducing the number of applications requiring expert technical review.

Key changes:

  • All proposals must contain additional information in the Case for Support, under a new Technical Summary heading.  The maximum length of the Case for Support has been increased accordingly.
  • Under the Technical Summary, where applicants identify digital outputs or digital technologies that are essential to their planned research outcomes, a Technical Plan attachment must be submitted. 
  • The current technical appendix section of the Je-S form will be removed and Je-S updated to allow the new Technical Plan attachment to be created.
  • Applications using the current rules and Technical Appendix section and attachment can be created and submitted until 30 November 2012.

Essential guidance is provided here:

For applicants needing further advice on actual data management, please contact the UL's Digitisation and Digital Preservation Manager, Grant Young (, in the first instance.

If you have any comments or queries arising from any of the above items, please contact your School Team in the Research Operations Office at


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