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Symplectic Elements Link to Researchfish until 26th January 2018

The annual submission period for RCUK, CRUK, NIHR, NC3R’s and BHF is 5th February to 4pm on 15th March during which PIs need to use their Researchfish account to make a return. To help with this process, research outputs entered into Symplectic Elements will be uploaded to Researchfish on a weekly basis up until Friday 26th January.

After this date, Symplectic Elements will not be linked to Researchfish and any additional inputs will need to be made into Researchfish directly during the submission period. Therefore please encourage PIs to include their research outputs into Symplectic Elements before 26th January, as this will help them during the submission period as their data will have been preloaded into Researchfish when they have to submit their return.

Note that the research outputs being uploaded from Symplectic Elements to Researchfish are journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters where they have a unique identifier (i.e. DOI).

More details about the annual submission process on Researchfish can be found at the Research Operations Office website and information about Symplectic Elements is available from the Research Strategy Office.  


Research Grant User Group Meeting - 6th February 2018

The next Research Grant User Group (RGUG) meeting is Tuesday 6th February, 10am - 11.30am at the Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Minutes from the previous meeting on 30th November are now available on the ROO website. RGUG is an open meeting led by the Research Operations Office for Departmental staff and is a forum where research grant administration issues and developments are discussed.


Update to the RCUK Research and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

The Research Councils have reviewed the current grant terms and conditions and are making changes to include additional information on up and coming legislative changes as well as additional clarity on some of their guidance, this includes

  • Compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015

  • Making changes to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation May 2018

  • Transfer of Grant assets to UK Research and Innovation

  • Adding NHS Clinical sessions

  • Training Grants T&C for medical absence

Further details are available from their website


Pathways to Impact tool now available

An online tool has been developed for researchers, PIs and their support staff which provides a step-by-step guide to planning research impact activity including links to many useful resources. It can be used to help write a Pathways to Impact plan for a RCUK grant, or more generally to plan for impact activity. Please share this link with staff who may find it useful

The tool will be kept under review and new resources added as they become available.  Any feedback can be sent to



Competition: Have your research turned into a story for the Cambridge Science Festival

As part of the University Science Festival, the Office of Scholarly Communication will be hosting a storytelling event for families with Marion Leeper, the first Bard of Cambridge. We are looking for keen researchers with interesting areas of study to join us and see their research interpreted in a whole new light.

The Office of Scholarly Communication are seeking researchers from each of the six Schools to join us in a new public event aimed at sharing University of Cambridge’s open research with members of the community in a unique and novel way.

To be eligible to apply to take part in this event you will

  • Be a current researcher at the University of Cambridge
  • Have your research output in the Apollo repository; including, but not limited to, data, research paper, photograph.

More details on how to apply is available from the Office of Scholarly Communication The deadline is 6pm on Wednesday 31st January.