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Published on 15 October 2021

Large Grant Contributions Fund  

The University has set up a fund to provide financial contributions to large, collaborative grant applications. This is to encourage and support these applications and maximise the University’s outward-facing impact.  

The fund will normally be available for applications of £5M+ in STEM disciplines and £2M+ in AHSS disciplines, and may award up to 10% of the total value of the application. All applications must include at least one external partner. 

Funding will be primarily provided for areas that are not otherwise easy to get funds for, such as widening participation, equality, diversity and inclusion, and developing links / working with less advantaged partners. The financial contribution from this fund will be provided as additional and added value, not as a replacement of other financial or in-kind contributions. Departments, Schools and non-School institutions are encouraged to provide financial and in-kind contributions to the same bid.  

Full details on the fund, eligibility and how to apply are available online. The fund is now open and applications are welcome at any time on a rolling basis.  


RGUG Meeting 5th October - Recording and Presentations now available

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Research Grants User Group Meeting (RGUG) on 5th October. The recording and slides are now available to view. The meeting  included a presentation about when VAT applies to research grants and ensuring budgeting accuracy, as well as the launch of the Swift Service for MTAs and feedback on the Communities of Practice (CoP) Survey (see details below). 

The next RGUG meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 30th November at 11:15am and details will be circulated nearer the time. If you have any queries about the meeting, please contact 


Swift Service for Outgoing MTAs

We have now launched the Outgoing MTA Swift Service which can process requests faster under certain circumstances. A pre-signed MTA will be issued if the outgoing material meets all of the eligibility criteria. This includes - 

  • not derived from any sample taken from a human body 
  • generated solely under UKRI funding (standard Ts & Cs)  
  • being provided to a non-commercial organisation​​​​​​​ 

The service can only be accessed by PIs holding the research grant under which the material was created. During the pilot phase of this new MTA swift service, there will be a 10 working day turnaround time.    


Community of Practice (CoP) for Grants Administration - Survey Results

Following our Community of Practice (Cop) survey for grants administration, we have collated all the results and summarised the initial evaluation. Details of the survey findings and next steps are now available. You will find additional information posted on our Grants Administration Community of Practice SharePoint site as we move forward to develop this initiative. 



Final call: Sustainable Business Travel Policy Questionnaire

There are only two weeks left to give your feedback on the University’s draft Sustainable Business Travel Policy. You are invited to share your views on business travel and provide feedback on the policy through a 15-minute consultation questionnaire by 3pm on Friday 29th October.