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Published on 21 April 2017

Workshops for PIs – Your Views on Research Administration

The University’s Research Administration was reviewed in 2016 with the objective of recommending the administrative structure that will best support the University’s research activity. The aim is to have in place a facilitative, flexible research administration where each element adds value.

The Research Office would like to provide an opportunity for PIs to give their views on  how research administration can best support your research activity. Linda Spinks from UIS will be running two (identical) workshops to seek your feedback.

Monday 24th April 2017

10am - 12noon

Seminar Room B, 1st floor,17 Mill Lane

To register

Thursday 27 April 2017

10am - 12noon

Seminar Room B, 1st floor,17 Mill Lane

To register

Please note there are a limited number of places however if there is interest, further sessions could be arranged.

If you have any queries or are interested in participating but unable to attend, please email

Test the New PI Dashboard - Feedback Welcome

In response to last summer’s Research Administration review, the Research Office and UIS are developing a new dashboard to give PIs access to information about their grants and contracts e.g. the status of your contract and expenditure on the grant. We are currently developing a prototype and are looking for PI’s to help us test the dashboard and give feedback on its interface and content. Testing takes about 45 mins and will take place during May and June at a time and place convenient to you.

Please contact Jennifer Klatt if you are interested in taking part.

Symplectic Elements Weekend Upgrade

The University of Cambridge Symplectic Elements system will be unavailable on the from 2pm on Friday 21 April until 10:30am on Monday 24 April. This is to enable an upgrade to version 5.4. We apologise for the inconvenience.

If you require urgent assistance please contact the Research Information Office on

Demystifying H2020 Audits

The Research Operations Office is organising a half-day event on Horizon 2020 audits targeted at those involved in Horizon 2020 project finance and reporting, either as an administrator or PI.  The session will be led by ROO and LEES Chartered Certified Accountants, the independent auditing firm that has been appointed by the University as the auditor for our EC grants.

The session will include

  • guidance through the rules from the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement

  • personnel costs (timesheets vs. declarations, HR Records

  • eligibility of direct costs (travel, equipment and documentations)

  • internal invoicing

  • subcontracting and involvement of third parties

  • Q&A

The event will be repeated at 3 locations

Monday 22 May 2017

9:30am - 12:30pm

Dept of Engineering, Trumpington Street

Book your place here 

Monday 22 May 2017

2pm - 5pm

The Institute of Public Health, Addenbrookes Site

Book your place here

Thursday 25 May 2017

2pm - 5pm

Computer Lab, West Cambridge

Book your place here

If you have any queries about the event please contact

Technology Touching Life Initiative

Technology Touching Life (TTL) is a new joint activity between BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC to support research into the development of technologies for discovery research in the life sciences. Further details are available at

There will be a series of three workshops in June to introduce TTL to the research community. They will also provide a forum for multi-disciplinary discussions in support of a joint call for community research networks. The outline stage of the call for networks will be launched in May 2017.

The workshops have a limited number of places available so researchers need to register their interest by 9th May Participation in the workshops is not a pre-requisite for submitting a proposal or joining one of the networks.

Leverhulme Trust Emails

Leverhulme Trust have recently received reports from successful applicants that the email sent to them at their university email address by the Trust to notify them of their success and provide their award letter was filtered to their junk mail or spam folder. The Trust asks all applicants to add to their address books in future to ensure that emails are received into your Inbox.