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Published on 9 September 2022

UKRI Guarantee Extension

On 1st September, the UK Government announced an extension to the financial guarantee provided to successful UK applicants to the Horizon Europe Programme.

This new extension means that the guarantee funding will cover all Horizon Europe calls that close on or before 31st December 2022, with the majority of grant signature dates expected before the end of August 2023. Previously, the Guarantee only covered calls where the grant agreement was expected to be signed by the end of 2022.

The UKRI Guarantee Guidance has been updated with this new extension. The list of calls in the annex covered by the Guarantee has been replaced by a comprehensive commitment to include all Horizon Europe calls with a final submission deadline date on or before 31st December 2022 (as shown on the EC Funding and Tenders Portal). For calls with multiple separate deadlines, applications submitted to those deadlines that fall on or before 31st December 2022 will be eligible. For two-stage calls, only a final submission deadline on or before 31st December is considered to be in scope.


Forthcoming UKRO Events

UKRO in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is organising the following online events. To access the links, please register with UKRO

UKRO Update on Grant Agreement Preparation for Projects with UK Organisations - 22nd September 2022, 13:30 - 15:00

This session is a technical update on the Grant Agreement Preparation (GAP) phase for projects with UK participants selected under the Horizon Europe call and is mainly intended for those who could not attend the previous events held earlier this year. In addition to the standard update, there will be a session dedicated to the GAP phase on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

Further details and registration are available on the UKRO events page.


COG ERC 2023 Consolidator Grant Information Webinars – 5th & 6th October 2022

This two-part webinar series is for Principal Investigators and research support staff making applications to the 2023 ERC Consolidator Grant call which will open on 28th September 2022 and close on 2nd February 2023.

Further details and registration are available on the UKRO events page.


2022 MSCA COFUND Call Information Series – 25th & 27th October 2022

The COFUND scheme provides co-financing for new or existing doctoral programmes and postdoctoral fellowship programmes. These webinars are aimed at staff in UK academic and non-academic organisations who are interested in the finding out more about this call. The MSCA COFUND call is scheduled to open on 11th October 2022 and close on 9th February 2023.

Further details and registration are available on the UKRO events page.



HRB Event - Save the Date - 3rd November 2022

The EU and International Team together with Cambridge Enterprise are organising an online information event about the Horizon Results Booster (HRB) for the Horizon 2020 Projects of the University. The event will he held on Thursday 3rd November 2022 between 9:30-13:00 and is aimed at Horizon 2020 Project PIs.

Horizon Results Booster (HRB) is an initiative of the European Commission which aims to support projects funded by the EU Framework Programme (FP) to help innovations go to market and maximise their impact. Further details of the agenda and registration will be posted in the latest EC news section of Research Operations Office website and circulated in this bulletin.


Timesheet Sessions

To help staff involved in the new mechanism for timesheets we will be holding two further sessions as follows

Timesheet demonstration Tuesday 27th September 11am Link to join meeting
Q&A session Wednesday 5th October 10am Link to join Q&A

 A list of the Q&As from the previous sessions have also been published. You can group the Q&As by topic and also use the search box to help find your query.

There will also be an update at the next Research Grants User Group Meeting on 29th September 2022 at 11:15am. Further details about the meeting will follow nearer the time.


Elements: major upgrade now complete

A major upgrade of Elements, the University’s Research Information Management System has taken place and is ready for the new academic year.

Elements users will notice a big difference in the look and feel, as well as several functional improvements. To get you started we’ve created a quick tour of what’s changed. Upgrading to the latest release will give us a strong platform from which to better support researchers and research administrators across the University.

Alongside the upgraded system, a new Research Information SharePoint site provides completely revised, accessible user guides to help people get the most from the system’s features. We hope that this will make it easier to introduce new staff and students to Elements, and to learn about future improvements.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact