skip to content

Research Operations Office


Research Administrators Programme 2015

The Research Operations Office is embarking on a new round of our ROOTS (Research Operations Office Training Strategy) Tier 2 (2015) Research Administrators Programme.

We invite submissions from all staff who play an active role in the Grants Lifecycle and Research Contracts process within the University and who have been in post for a minimum of six months.

The Programme will run over six months on the following dates in 2015 -

  • Tuesday 24 February
  • Tuesday 17 March
  • Tuesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 9 June
  • Tuesday 7 July

Delegates will need to be available for all six sessions.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Expression of Interest Form which has been emailed to your Departmental Administrator and requires their endorsement.
  2. Email the form to by 22 October 2014.
  3. The final 15 will be chosen by the Assistant Directors within the Research Operations Office and candidates will be informed if they have place by 12 November 2014.

If you have any other queries or require an expression of interest form, please contact

2014 Open Funder Submission Periods Using Researchfish

You will be aware that from September 2014 all Research Councils will use Researchfish ( to report research outcomes. Funders have different submission periods which are as follows -

•             British Heart Foundation submission period runs 1st October to 1st December

•             CRUK submission period runs 14th October to 3pm on 20th November

•             Research Council’s submission period runs 16th October to 13th November

PIs are responsible for submitting their returns on Researchfish, although they can delegate some of the data inputting to support staff. During September PIs will have received an e-mail from Researchfish with details of how to register on the system to enable them to input their data.


A harmonised sanctions policy for all Councils has been agreed. Councils other than MRC will not apply sanctions this year, but anticipate applying the policy from 2015. Sanctions will apply to grant holders who do not make a submission to the relevant Research Council each year (i.e. a declaration of what outcomes and outputs, if any, have been achieved). Full details of RCUK’s policy can be found here


To assist PIs and Departmental Administrators in using the software, ResearchFish will be delivering workshops on Monday 20 October to demonstrate the system. There will be separate sessions for PIs/their delegates and another for Departmental Administrators. The PI session will include a demonstration of how to add outputs, submit data and Q&A. The Departmental Administrator session will include a demonstration of how to track submissions, download submitted data and Q&A.

The sessions are scheduled for -

Clinical School Seminar Room 2

•             9am - 10am: PIs & their delegates

•             10am – 11am: Departmental Administrators

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Room 6

•             12pm – 1pm: PIs & their delegates

•             1pm – 2pm: Departmental Administrators

Hauser Forum, West Cambridge

•             3pm – 4pm: PIs & their delegates

•             4pm – 5pm: Departmental Administrators

To register your place, please e-mail  with your name, job title and department - indicating which session you would like to attend as spaces are limited.