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Published on 8 July 2010

Upgrade to pFACT - August 2010

The Research Office can now confirm that the pFACT upgrade will take place from Thursday 19 August to Wednesday 25 August 2010.

In preparation for the upgrade, could all users perform a system tidy up by Thursday 12 August? This means projects that are no longer required and are sitting at the status of ‘Under Construction’, ‘DA’ or ‘HoD’ need to be deleted. Please note that deleted proposals cannot be recovered.

Furthermore, we would like to invite experienced users of pFACT to be involved in testing prior to the upgrade. This will take place on Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 July at Greenwich House. If you are interested in being involved in this, please contact Hazel Rayment by Friday 16 July, with the following details: Name, CRS ID, Department(s), Email address, Phone number.

Information about the benefits of the upgrade, timetable for implementation and testing period can be found in the presentation that was delivered at the Research Grants Users Group (RGUG) on 6th July. We will be updating you with further information and reminders during the run up to the upgrade. In the meantime, if you have any queries or require any assistance, please contact the pFACT Helpdesk at

Research Office Bulletin – available on the website and searchable

The Research Office Bulletin is issued every fortnight with information and updates on research funding, policy, procedures and news. The bulletin format has been improved and can now be viewed directly from the Research Office website. There is also an additional search facility that makes it easy for you to find articles from previous bulletins.

If you have any comments or questions about the bulletin, please contact


Intellectual Property Policy in practice - new guidance note

The Research Office and Cambridge Enterprise have produced a guidance note about the Intellectual Property Policy in practice including how it works and who to approach. There are sections outlining the responsibilities of Principal Investigators, Research Staff, Heads of Departments, the Research Office and Cambridge Enterprise.

Details can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact your school team.

Reminder: Wellcome Trust Presentation 28 July 2010

Dr John Williams from the Science Funding division of the Wellcome Trust will be in Cambridge delivering a presentation about their Strategic Plan for 2010–2020 and funding opportunities including the introduction of the new Investigator Awards scheme.

When:  Wednesday 28 July 2010

Where: 11:00am – 12:00pm Seminar Room 5, Clinical School, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge

               2:30pm – 3:30pm (repeat session) Hodgkin-Huxley Seminar Room, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Physiology Building, Downing Street, Cambridge

Who should attend: Anyone who has an interest in Wellcome Trust research grants including academics, facilitators and administrators

It would be helpful, though not essential, if you could indicate which session you will be attending by emailing If you have any queries, please contact your school team.  

Research Professional - new features and demonstration sessions

The Research Office has upgraded the subscription to the Research Professional funding opportunities database. The main advantage is that you can now select an unlimited number of search criteria for building your funding search and setting up your e-mail alert. This advanced searching and alerting engine will allow you to tailor information you receive exactly to your specific interests.  

To help you use Research Professional effectively, the Research Office have organised a demonstration session to take place in a webinar format (online tutorial) to help academics and research administrators to use the new features of the database to its full potential. From any computer within the University Network, you can watch and listen to a 40 minute online presentation; basic and advanced functions will be covered and there will be an opportunity to ask questions via the online chat feature.  The sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday 15th July at 3pm
  • Friday 23rd July at 10am
  • Wednesday 28th July at 12pm
  • Wednesday 4th August at 2pm

If you would like to take part in one of the sessions, please contact Anna Nerukh and include your preferred date and your Department.