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Research Operations Office


Published on 28 January 2022

US Federal Funding Update

To allow researchers to apply for and receive US Federal funding, the University of Cambridge needs to be registered on the "System for Award Management" (SAM), an official website of the U.S. government. The University is required to renew its registration annually to ensure we comply with any new federal requirements.  

This year, due to additional compliance requirements, for a short period of time the University was unable to register on the SAM. However, as of 25th January 2022 the University is re-registered on the SAM. Researchers can now apply for and receive US Federal Funding in the usual way. 

A team of people from the Research Operations Office, Legal Services Office and University Information Services will continue to work with US lawyers to formulate a set of policies and practices to capture the required information and to create a framework of compliance measures. Once this work is complete, we will make these new policy and practices available to you. 


Horizon Europe Awards

Further to our previous announcement in this bulletin regarding the first tranche of successful applications under the Horizon Europe funding programme, we are continuing the work with, Departments, PIs, Project Co-ordinators and UKRI to facilitate the successful completion of the grant award administration.  

The University remains in continual dialogue with other UK institutions that have received awards and are sharing experiences and best practice. We also continue to monitor political developments around the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and are taking advice from UKRI.

The ROO is in contact with PIs and Project Coordinators to facilitate the transition to the UKRI underwrite with the minimal disruption to the completion of grant agreement, and to enable the projects to begin with the full involvement of Cambridge staff in a timely manner.


Research Grants User Group Meeting – 8th February 2022

The next RGUG meeting will take place as a live event on Tuesday 8th February at 11:15am. Please use this link to join the meeting. The agenda will include a presentation on grant application deadlines and updates on EU matters.

Slides and recording of the previous RGUG meeting in November are available on the RGUG web page. For further information please contact


The Principal Investigator Programme – March 2022

The Principal Investigator Programme has been developed to help researchers with their responsibilities of managing a grant. Topics include  

  • protecting your research – intellectual property and publishing rights
  • knowing when to seek ethics approval
  • ensuring that your project is properly costed

The programme modules provide essential background information, tools and tips as well as online events with the presenters and other participants. Completion of the programme will help PIs to understand and implement the financial, ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of successful grant management.

Presentations are now available and a series of live events are scheduled for March 2022, details of how to book your place can be found on the Principal Investigator Programme page.


Research Dashboard Upgrade

The Research Dashboard is a web-based application which gives Researchers an overview of their applications, grants and contracts. When you open the tool you are required to use Raven authentication. This authentication process was upgraded on 27th January 2022 to the latest version using Google Cloud Identity. Therefore you may see an additional window pop up about signing in. Please follow the instructions on the UIS website about what you need to do.

The upgrade will also include the latest 2021 pay scales which will be added to the Dashboard and means that the ‘Staff Commitments’ figures may change slightly. If you have any questions about this, please email


Would you like to become a Data Champion for the University of Cambridge?

Any member of the University of Cambridge who is interested in research data management (RDM) who would like to become a local contact on RDM can apply to become a Data Champion.

Researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, IT managers, data managers, and other members of research support staff are invited to apply.

To find out more please visit the Data Champions webpage where a link to the online application form is available. Applications are due by 20 February 2022.