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Published on 25 October 2016

Funders' Collection Period 2017

In preparation for the forthcoming funders’ collection period between 6 February and 16 March 2017, the University of Cambridge is taking part in a pilot project to help its researchers (including students) by providing an automatic upload facility from Symplectic Elements to Researchfish.

Researchers who hold awards from RCUK, CRUK, NC3Rs and NIHR are encouraged to link their publications to their grants within Symplectic Elements by Friday 18 November 2016 so that the outputs will automatically upload into ResearchFish. There will be a second upload from Symplectic Elements to Researchfish taking place early January 2017 when any subsequently linked data will be uploaded. More information is available on the Research Operations website.

Node Administrators are invited to attend one of these workshops  to help prepare for the RCUK data release checking exercise and submission period.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016 10.30am - 11.30am

Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 1      

 Register here
Thursday 24th November 2016 9.30am - 10.30am Clinical School, Addenbrookes (Bay 13, Room E).      

 Register here 

RGUG Meeting - 1st November

The next Research Grants User Meeting will be

Tuesday 1st November 2016 1.30pm - 3pm

Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 7

Minutes of the previous meeting and an agenda for Tuesday's meeting are available here.



Data Management Plans - All You Need to Know

Are you a researcher applying for grants? Or someone supporting researchers with their grant applications? If so, this event is for you.

Wednesday 16th November 2016 12noon - 2pm Seminar Room G, 17 Mill Lane

You will learn everything you need to know about data management plans

  • What they are
  • Why they are suddenly required as part of grant application
  • What to include in data management plans
  • Tools to help writing data management plans

Read more and register here:


Agreement between the European Commission and the US Government

The European Commission has signed an Implementing Arrangement (IA) with the USA, allowing American legal entities to work with Horizon 2020-funded consortia outside of the scope of the Horizon 2020 grant agreement.


Under this new IA, American organisations will be able to approach consortia on Horizon 2020 projects and agree with the modalities of mutually beneficial collaborations even though they have not received EU funding and have not signed the grant agreement.


The Implementing Arrangement stipulates that each side will be subject to the laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programs rather than being required to accept the EU set of rules. The original agreement can be found here:


Export Controls and Academia

The University of Oxford, in conjunction with HMG Export Controls Organisation will be hosting the first ever national workshop on Export Controls for the HE sector on

Tuesday 29th November 2016 2-4pm

University of Oxford

The session is open to academics, researchers, research students and administrators with an interest in knowing more about export controls.For more details and to register see:

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.