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Published on 25 June 2021

Horizon Europe Webinars in July

Moving from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

  • Update and structure of Horizon Europe compared to Horizon 2020  

  • Submission and evaluation changes, legal and finance update  

  • Q&A 

This webinar will be presented jointly between UK Research Office (UKRO) and the University of Cambridge and is aimed at research and grants management staff involved in Horizon 2020 projects.

Date: Wednesday 14 July, 10am to 11:30am (note that this date replaces the session on 16th June which was cancelled)

Registration Link


ERC 2022 Proof of Concept Grant: Call Information Webinar

This webinar will inform about the upcoming 2022 ERC Proof of Concept call which is tentatively set to open on 15 July 2021, with four cut off deadlines of 14 October 2021, 15 February 2022, 19 May 2022 and 29 September 2022. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing a proposal.  

Date: Tuesday 27th July, 10:00 – 12:00 (UK time)

Registration Link


On the latest EC news page, there are also details about webinars for Horizon Europe Information Days (28 June – 9 July) and MSCA Doctoral Networks and Postdoctoral Fellowships (8 July).



RGUG - Tuesday 13th July at 11:15am

The next Research Grants User Group (RGUG) meeting will take place as a live event on Tuesday 13th July 2021 at 11:15am. Details and joining information will be circulated in the next bulletin.


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, please could Departments check and verify all their WT expenditure on CUFS and make any amendments before the June 2021 General Ledger period closes. If you have any queries, please contact


Cognos Reporting Upgrade – Wednesday 30th June

In order to implement critical security updates, the Finance Division will be upgrading the Cognos reporting tool from version 10.2.1 to version 11.1.7 on Wednesday 30th June, once all overnight processing has been completed. The system will therefore be unavailable between 8am and 4pm on that day.

The new version has a different look and feel – please see this short video that provides a quick overview of the main differences. However, in general the reports themselves and how you run them has not changed. Any saved reports and schedules will also migrate over.

In order to make the migration as smooth as possible, please could you delete any saved reports or queries that are no longer required before 30th June. The one difference for Grants users is that the Grants Expenditure Enquiry portal tab will no longer be available and instead it is recommended that users run the Consolidated Grants Expenditure Enquiry report instead and then save it as a favorite.

More guidance and links to FAQ will be available on the Finance Training web pages. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact the Finance Systems Group at



Refresh of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is seeking applications from Early Career academics to join the Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research for a three-year term. They are looking to recruit 10 new members who will have access to a range of tailored events and opportunities, which have previously included:

• Networking and idea-sharing with all other Early Career Forum members

• Discussions, networking and mentoring opportunities with senior academics and industrialists from the Manufacturing the Future theme and beyond.

• Insight and mentoring into EPSRC processes and procedures

Application is by Expression of Interest including a brief institutional statement of support by 4pm on 22 July 2021. Eligibility and further information is available on the EPSRC website.



EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team Recruitment

EPSRC is currently recruiting new members for their Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs). There are vacancies in the following advisory groups: Capital Infrastructure, Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board (PAB), e-Infrastructure, Energy Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC), Engineering, Information Communication Technologies, Manufacturing the Future and Mathematical Sciences.

They welcome applications from those who are full-time or part-time, on sabbatical or a career break, academic or researcher, based in academia, industry, the third sector or government organisation. You will not be required to act as representative of your own organisation but rather as someone with relevant expertise. SAT members will serve an initial 3 year term, beginning in January 2022. Deadline for application is 4pm on 29 July 2021. Further information can be found on the Strategic Advisory Recruitment web page.