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Published on 18 December 2020

Wellcome Trust Organisation Spend Report – Departmental Expenditure Checks

An Organisational Spend Report (OSR) is submitted quarterly to the Wellcome Trust (WT) by the Research Operations Office (ROO) for the months of March, June, September and December. Before ROO submits the OSR, could Departments check and verify all their WT expenditure on CUFS and make any amendments before the December 2020 General Ledger period closes.  

If you have any queries, please contact 


Christmas and New Year Deadlines for Applications

Due to the Christmas vacation the Research Operations Office (ROO) will close from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021. Therefore please be aware of the following deadlines and let your researchers know of these arrangements. 

If you have applications with a funder deadline in the first week of January, when counting back for 2 or 7 working days, Wednesday 23rd December will be the last full working day before Christmas. 

You can use the online calculator to show the number of working days prior to the funder deadline that your application needs to be with ROO for checking. Please contact your Research Development Team if you have any queries.   


December 2020 RGUG – slides and recording available

Thank you to everyone who attended the Research Grants User Group (RGUG) Meeting on Thursday 3rd December. Presentations were given on the new CDA fast track service, Brexit and the costing & pricing project. The slides, Q&A and recording of the meeting are now available on the RGUG webpages.  


Brexit: Import and export of controlled goods – licensing changes

Departments should be aware that from 1 January 2021, purchases from, and sales to, the European Union (EU) will be treated in the same way as current non-EU imports and exports. This means that the import/export of controlled goods will be subject to additional checks, regulatory requirements and/or duties. 

Departments must ensure that all movements of goods to and from the EU have all the necessary paperwork in order to avoid potential delays and/or additional costs. 

These controlled goods include animals, plants, food and agricultural products as well as drugs, chemicals and waste. Further information and resources that may assist are available on the Finance Division website.