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Published on 10 August 2018

ERC Work Programme for 2019

The 2019 ERC Work Programme, which was due to be published in mid-July, is now expected in mid-September 2018. This significant delay means that the opening of the call and issuing of the University’s usual crib sheets will also be delayed. The crib sheets will be available on the Research Operations Office website shortly after the Work Programme is officially released.

Note that the ERC deadlines are expected to remain the same –

Starting Grants

Wednesday 17 October 2018

4pm UK time

Synergy Grants

Thursday 8 November 2018

4pm UK time

This means that there will be a shorter amount of time than usual between applicants being able to register their proposal on the portal when the call launches (expected mid-September) and the above deadlines.

There are also some anticipated changes in the review criteria for ERC grants under the 2019 Work Programme. Additional details are available on the ROO website and from the ERC’s document

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Bethan Hosking Jones, ERC Officer

X5 Surgeries

For staff who need help costing a project in X5, one-to-one sessions are available on Wednesday mornings. Please contact to make an appointment.

RGUG - 20 September 2018

The Research Grants User Group (RGUG) is a forum where research grant administration issues and developments are discussed. This is an open meeting for Departments, Schools and Administrative Staff. The next meeting is as follows

Thursday 20 September

10am – 11:30am

Institute of Public Health

Addenbrooke’s Site

If you have any queries, please contact

fEC and Income Allocation Policy Seminar - 15 October 2018

This briefing is relevant to all staff involved in research grants, particularly those new to the University or wishing to increase their understanding of University policy and its impact on research grants and their administration. Content includes

  • Clarity on definitions of Direct costs and Indirect costs

  • What the PI should be aware of at application stage

  • How the Income Allocation Policy apportions overheads between the Department and the University

Monday 15 October

9:30am – 11am

Greenwich House

Madingley Road

To book a place please contact at the Research Operations Office.

Guidance for Academic Research Involving Personal Data

Following the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and accompanying UK legislation, notably the Data Protection Act 2018, the Research Office has prepared new guidance for researchers whose academic research involves the processing of personal data.

Researchers who carry out research projects using personal data are advised to familiarise themselves with this guidance, including the updated sections on preparation of participant information sheets and consent forms.