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Published on 19 March 2021

European Commission Webinar 23rd March - MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships for Horizon Europe

The European Commission will be holding an online event to highlight the main changes to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) formerly Individual Fellowships, under the Horizon Europe programme on 23 March 2021, 8am – 11:30am BST (9am – 12.30pm Brussels time).

Participants will learn about the changes to the new programme and will hear from beneficiaries, project managers and fellows about their experiences under Horizon 2020. The information session is open to researchers, higher education institutions, research institutes, research funding agencies and any other organisations currently involved in MSCA funded activities or interested in applying to future MSCA funding calls. No registration is required and the agenda and link to the live web stream can be found on their website.


European Commission Webinar 24th March - How to Prepare a Successful Proposal in Horizon Europe

The European Commission will run this free webinar on 24 March 2021, 9am – 3:15pm BST (10am to 4:15pm Brussels time). The morning session will focus on submission and evaluation and the afternoon session will cover the Model Grant Agreement. Further details are available on their website.


fEC Rates

The University’s calculated fEC rates for 2019-20 are showing a significant decrease compared to 2018-19. This is believed to be an anomalous result arising from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The University believes this may be an issue for the sector and has requested that the TRAC Development Group investigate the issue once the Office for Students has received and analysed all the TRAC Returns for 2019-20. As a consequence the University is taking the option in the TRAC Guidance to continue to use the 2018-19 rates for up to six months after the TRAC submission. Therefore, all rates (Indirect, Estates lab and Non-lab and Facilities) will remain the same, until further notice.


Researchfish 2021

The Researchfish submission for 2021 has now closed for the main funders and we would like to thank all researchers, administrative staff and node administrators for playing their part in the submission process this year. We recognise that due to the COVID pandemic, preparing, organising and submitting Researchfish returns has been challenging and we appreciate the efforts that staff have gone to during this difficult period.

Overall, the University achieved a 95% submission rate for research grants with a response code 1, across all funders. For those researchers who were unable to submit, funders will be getting in touch with PIs directly. If you have any queries please contact