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Research Operations Office


Published on 22 December 2011

Research Office closures

The Research Office will be closed for the Christmas period and will re-open on January 3rd.

Equipment modification – call for funding

As part of a drive by the RCUK to increase efficiency and effectiveness across research management, there is a need to make greater use of existing equipment and to share this between Universities wherever possible. The EPSRC has issued the University with some funding to facilitate this initiative.

The RCUK Equipment Working Group has been setting terms of reference and reviewing the budget required to achieve these objectives. The Working Group should be in a position in early January to make a call for funding to Schools for remaining funds.

Call details are being finalised and will be available in January. Please be aware that timescales for submission of applications will be tight.

British Heart Foundation Online Grant Applications – Important information

The British Heart Foundation will be moving to a web-based application and review process for fellowships, project, programme, special project and new horizons grants in January 2012. If you are planning to submit an application in the coming months you must note the relevant dates below.

Applications for the grants mentioned must be submitted on-line from Wednesday 25 January 2012 onwards. Applicants should note the following deadlines for receipt of paper applications using their current forms and the period when applications will not be accepted during transition to their on-line system. Applications received during these periods will be returned.   

Grant Type Applications & Deadline for Paper Applications:

Project Grants:
Wednesday 4 January 2012
(They will not accept applications from 5 January to 24 January 2012)

Fellowships/PhD Studentships:
Friday 6 January 2012
(They will not accept applications from 7 January to 24 January 2012)

Programme/Special Project/ New Horizons Grants:
Friday 13 January 2012
(They will not accept applications from 14 January to 24 January 2012)


Their Grants Management System (GMS) for on-line applications will be accessed via the Research Section of their website Grant applicants, heads of department, institutions’ administrative authorities and reviewers will need to register on the site in the first instance using a unique email address and password. If they have pre-registered you, they will send you your log on details within the next two months.

The information required within applications will not change substantially. Scientific text and references should be prepared as normal but must be attached to the on-line application form as a single PDF document. Other information will be submitted directly onto the on-line form. A user guide for the site will be available and there will be a helpdesk for support.


If you are planning to apply for a grant in the coming months, make sure you check the Researcher Noticeboard ( ) and the Research Grants section of our website regularly for the latest information.

If you have any questions about the process please email:

ERC Advanced Grants & ERC Synergy Grants presentation now available online

Now available online are the slides from the ERC Advanced Grants & ERC Synergy Grants presentation held on Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Chloë Somers from the UK Research Office (UKRO). Please note these slides are Raven password protected.

Cancelled RGUG meeting papers available online

The briefing notes for the cancelled RGUG meeting that was scheduled to take place on the 13th December are now available online from the Research Office website.

The next RGUG meeting is scheduled for 31st January 2012, 9:30am in Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.