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Research Operations Office


Published on Fri, 20/11/2020 - 14:57

Due to the Christmas vacation the Research Operations Office (ROO) will close from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021. Therefore please be aware of the following deadlines and ensure that your researchers are made aware of these arrangements.

Final Expenditure Statements due over the Christmas closure period must be confirmed to the Research Operations Office by Friday 27th November 2020.  Also please ensure that expenditure for EC grants due for reporting are posted on CUFS by the GL closing date of Tuesday 8th December 2020. This is to allow statements to be submitted to the funder, prior to the Christmas closure.


If you have a funder deadline between Wednesday 23rd December 2020 – Monday 4th January 2021, applications should reach the ROO by -

7 Working days deadline

Monday 14th December 2020

2 working days deadline

Monday 21st December 2020

If you have applications with a funder deadline in the first week of January, when counting back for 2 or 7 working days, Wednesday 23rd December will be the last full working day before Christmas.

You can use the online calculator to show the number of working days prior to the funder deadline that your application needs to be with ROO for checking. For example

Funder deadline

Wednesday 6th January 2021, 5pm

7 working days

Thursday 17th December 2020, 5pm

2 working days

Monday 4th January 2021, 5pm

As a reminder, the ROO asks for a minimum of four weeks’ notice of the intention to submit to a particular scheme. Some funders have very short turnaround times which means that it's not always possible to give the ROO four weeks' notice of intention to submit. In these circumstances, please continue to contact the ROO at the earliest opportunity so that we can assess the resource requirements to support the application. Full details of the deadline policy currently in place can be found on the ROO website.