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Published on 19 May 2017

Demystyfing 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, accounts clerk 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


Monday 22 May

9:30am - 12:30pm

Dept of Engineering, Trumpington Street

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Monday 22 May

2pm - 5pm

The Institute of Public Health, Addenbrookes Site

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Thursday 25 May

2pm - 5pm

Computer Lab, West Cambridge

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If you have any queries about the event please contact

RGUG Meeting - 23 May

The next Research Grants User Group (RGUG) meeting is on Tuesday 23 May 2017. Note the room has changed from LR3 Inglis Building to LR4 Baker Building). The agenda is available from the ROO website

Tuesday 23 May

10:00am – 11:30am

Lecture Room 4, Baker Building, Dept of Engineering, Trumpington Street

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship Workshop

This session is aimed primarily at Early Career Researchers interested in applying for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship 2017. The event will include

  • an introduction to the call

  • guidance on how to prepare and submit the application

  • how to use the portal for submission of an application

  • feedback given by successful MSCA fellows from previous years

  • a reviewer sharing their experiences about the application and evaluation process

There will also be an opportunity for networking with current H2020 MSCA - IF grant holders

Friday 2 June

9:30am – 12:30pm

OPdA Eastwood Room,

16 Mill Lane

To register

ERC Synergy Grants Re-launched

The ERC Synergy Grant scheme which was piloted in 2012 and 2013, will be re-launched in the ERC Work Programme 2018. It is expected that the call will be published on 19 July 2017 with a deadline of 14 November 2017. The perspective is to fund 25 to 30 projects in 2018, with a maximum of €10 million per grant for up to 6 years. The aim of Synergy Grants is to address ambitious research questions that can only be answered by the coordinated work of a small group of two to four Principal Investigators and their teams, bringing together their complementary skills, knowledge and resources in unprecedented ways.

The Research Office will be organising a workshop on the ERC Synergy Grant programme during July – details will be circulated once confirmed.

A new online Grants Management System from the Royal Society

The Royal Society  has developed a new online Grants Management System to replace e-GAP. The new system is called Flexi-Grant and will run in parallel with e-GAP for the next 18 months until all awards have been migrated across to the new system.

Each month, new schemes will be added to Flexi-Grant with the first being “International Exchanges” where  applicants will need to use the new system to submit their proposals.

There is also going to be a change to the application submission process. The deadline for submitting an application and the completion of support statements from the Head of Department and Nominated Referees will now fall on the same date. This means that the Research Operations Office will not be able to approve an application until the support statements have been provided. Applicants should bear this in mind when coordinating completion of their application prior to submission to ROO.

Further details will be provided at the next RGUG meeting on 23 May and FAQs are available from the Royal Society website