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Research Operations Office


Published on 10 November 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.

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.

Publicly Accessible Webpage for Equipment Sharing now live

A publicly accessible webpage has been developed to signpost University of Cambridge users to the Equipment Sharing Project Database and non-university members of the public directly to the National Portal.


With funders beginning to scrutinise each institution’s commitment to sharing equipment to justify future investment, the Cambridge Database and the National Portal are ways in which the University and connected institutions demonstrate their commitment to be in the best possible position to secure future funding. Providing researchers with access to a wider pool of equipment is also useful for testing potential purchases or planning future collaborative projects.


Engagement in these project ensures the University of Cambridge continues to be seen as a leader in the sector and is actively responding to directives from RCUK.


Open Research Pilot Project: Call for Participants

This call is open to Cambridge research groups funded by the Wellcome Trust.

  • Are you in favour of more transparency in research?

  • Are you concerned about research reproducibility?

  • Would you like to get better recognition and credit for all outputs of your research process?

  • Would you like to open up your research and make it more available to others? 

If you responded 'yes' to any of these questions, you are invited to participate in the Open Research Pilot Project, organised jointly by the Open Research team at the Wellcome Trust and the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge.

Read more about the pilot and the benefits of taking part, and about the support that will be available. Apply by Sunday 11 December 2016.  

Wellcome Open Research Publishing Platform

Wellcome Open Research is a new publishing platform for Wellcome-funded researchers to rapidly publish any research outputs they wish to share. The platform enables research outputs to be made available faster and in ways that support reproducibility and transparency.

Visit the page to see the articles which have now been published, and, if you are Wellcome-funded, consider using this platform to share the outputs of your research. Read more about the platform here