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Marie Curie update

The new version of the Marie Curie Financial Guidelines includes an important change which affects all Form Cs that are submitted from July 2011 onwards.

Under the new revised guidelines, categories D and E (if applicable) should now be reported as a full flat rate for each fellow month worked.  The new process means that categories A to E will now be claimed as a full flat rate whereas categories F (conference), G (management) and I (other) should remain to be claimed as ‘real costs’. Any unspent funds remaining at the end of the project will be transferred to the department. Please note that the general rules of eligible costs still applies to all Marie Curie grants.

Further details can be found from the presentation that was given at RGUG on 19 July

If you have any questions, please contact your Research Support Administrator/Advisor

News from Finance: Cognos PI Report now available

Finance Division have introduced the Cognos PI report which has been developed for use by all Principal Investigators who are paid via the University payroll and who have live grants, along with Departmental Administrators (as nominated by School Finance Managers).

This report is now available for use and provides detailed grant information as follows:

  • List of awards by PI name
  • Budget and cumulative total expenditure figures as at the previous evening
  • Drill down to a summary view of expenditure categories (budgets), expenditure by type and listing of individual expenditure items including outstanding purchase orders. Payroll commitments are not recorded
  • Further analysis is available by the Award Number to break down by Expenditure Category (budget heading)

Guidance on how to use this report is available at: A desk aid for quick reference can also be found at:

Cognos training documents and guidance (Training and Guides) and notes for reports (UFS Cognos Reports) are available at the following website:

Who to contact:

  • If you require any additional support with use of this report, please contact your Departmental Administrator
  • If you require support in the use of Cognos, please contact the Financial Reporting helpdesk
  • If you require advice on the content of these reports, please contact your Administrator/Advisor at the Research Office who will be able to help with queries in terms of the expenditure information reported

Research Grant User Group presentations

Presentations from the recent Research Grant User Group (RGUG) which took place on Tues 19 July are now available on the Research Office website This includes:

  • Marie Curie Updates
  • Efficiency 2011-2015: Ensuring Excellence with Impact 
  • Research Activity: Market Share