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Research Operations Office


Published on 11 October 2016

Research Administrators' Programme 2017

The Research Operations Office is about to embark on our 2017 Research Administrators' Programme.  It consists of six separate morning sessions offering a mix of skills development and knowledge transfer, delegates are encouraged to learn from each other as well as from the contributors. 

Following on from the successful completion of the 2016 Programme, we are pleased to invite Expressions of Interest from all staff within the University who play an active role in the Research Grants Lifecycle. Participation is via a nomination from your Departmental Administrator or Line Manager by completing the Expression of Interest form and emailing by 28 November 2016.


Audit of US Federal Funded Grants

In January 2017 there will be an audit of grants from US Federal Sources (either funded directly by a federal agency or indirectly, through a third party). We are expecting 20% of our federally funded grants to be sampled for review. This will be a single audit in accordance with Subpart F of the Uniform Guidance.

To prepare for the audit, we would advise grant holders to be familiar with the key requirements of managing funding from US Federal Sources, some of these are highlighted on the ROO website.

In addition, our auditors Lees have produced guidance notes for grant holders following their attendance at the National Council of University Research Administrators in Washington DC.

If you have any questions about the audit, please contact

BBSRC Chief Executive Open Meeting: Strategy and Forward Plans

The BBSRC Interim Chief Executive Professor Melanie Welham and colleagues are visiting the University on Monday 7th November 2016. Professor Welham will give an open presentation on the BBSRC strategy and forward plans followed by Q&A.

Monday 7th November 2016 11am - 12noon Mill Lane Lecture Room 4

The session is open to everyone including but not restricted to academics, postdocs, students, research facilitators and administrators. Please register your attendance here.

RGUG meeting, Tuesday 1st November, 1:30pm

The Research Grants User Group (RGUG) is led by the Research Operations Office and is a forum where research grant administration issues and developments are discussed. The next RGUG meeting will be next month

Tuesday 1st November 2016 1:30pm - 3pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 7

An agenda will be circulated nearer the time. Details of the previous RGUG meetings can be found on the ROO website

We would also like to take the opportunity to hear your views about the format and content of the meeting including

  • What should be the remit of the meeting?

  • What type of topics / activities should be included?

  • What would encourage you / your colleagues to attend?

Please e-mail your responses and suggestions to by 28th October.

Open Access events

Open Access Week 2016  is taking place from 24th – 30th October 2016 and the Office of Scholarly Communication is marking the occasion with several events including

1. Preprints: biomedical science publication in the era of Twitter and Facebook

Biomedical publishing faces significant challenges that affect career development as well as the delivery of the benefits of new discoveries

Preprints are a new dimension to the current situation that can revolutionise the way we communicate Biology and free us from the increasing gridlock of conventional publishing. It is in this context that the ASAPbio initiative (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology) was launched.

A discussion event has been organised by Prof Alfonso Martinez Arias, Department of Genetics between publishers, funders and our academics. Come along to find out how preprints might help you.

Tuesday 25th October 2016 2pm - 5:30pm Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 9

Further details can be found on the Office of Scholarly Communication website.


2. Open Access: grassroots movement or top-down imposition?

The Office of Scholarly Communication and Cambridge University Press invite you to join us and a panel of researchers and publishers to discuss:

  • Have the aims of Open Access been 'co-opted' by other agendas?
  • Are top-down policies necessary for OA?
  • Is it better to convince the indifferent from the ground-up, telling them about OA benefits and creating incentives

Our panel will address the ideology, activism, politics and practice of the Open Access movement, and will be moderated by Dr Danny Kingsley, Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge.

Wednesday 26th October 2016 1pm - 2:30pm Darwin Room, Pitt Building

Please register here for this event:

Discover more about Open Access Week events in Cambridge.