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Published on 22 April 2022

Research Grants User Group Meeting – 26th April 2022 

The next Research Grants User Group (RGUG) meeting will take place as a live event on Tuesday 26th April at 11:15am. The agenda will include presentations on the revised UKRI open access policy, Horizon Europe guarantee funding, updated guidance on PI eligibility and feedback on the UKRI FAP Audit. 

Please use this link to join the meeting

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


PI Eligibility 

The Research Operations Office has updated its guidance on who is eligible to be a Principal Investigator (PI) on a research grant hosted at the University. Further details can be found on the PI Eligibility webpage and this topic will also be covered at RGUG on Tuesday 26th April.  


Updated Rates in X5

The following new rates have now been imported into X5.

NI rates including increase of 1.25%.

  • Without Apprenticeship Levy  -  file added 05/04/22  
  • With Levy Including Apprenticeship Levy- file added 06/04/22

USS rate of 21.6% starting from 01/04/22.

To apply these new rates to existing costings, go to the rates table tab and update the out of date files by clicking on “apply all updated files now”.


The Principal Investigator Programme

The Principal Investigator Programme has been developed to help researchers with their responsibilities of managing a grant. Two more dates have been added to the programme  

Thursday 28th April 2022, 12:30-13:30 Export Control - understand your responsibilities for compliance and know where to get support
Thursday 5th May 2022, 12:15-13:30 Grant Writing with Impact - find out how to maximise the chance of being funded by knowing how applications are assessed, what’s important to the funder and setting the tone of your writing style.  

Prior to the live event session, participants need to watch the narrated presentation which can be found on the Principal Investigator Programme page along with details of how to book your place.   


Horizon for Ukraine - Opportunities in Horizon-funded research & innovation projects 

The European Commission have recently launched a dedicated portal ERA4Ukraine as a one-stop-shop for information on support to researchers of Ukraine by the EU, its Member States and Associated Countries.  Displaced researchers or other specialists from Ukraine can search for opportunities to become involved in ongoing EU-funded research & innovation projects.

If you are a recipient of EC funding, you may place opportunities in the context of Horizon4Ukraine for a given project. Access to the Horizon4Ukraine initiative is on the Funding & Tender portal.


Researchfish 2022 

The Researchfish submission for 2022 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.  

For those researchers who were unable to submit, funders will be getting in touch with PIs directly. If you have any queries please contact