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Large Grant Contributions Fund Updates

The University’s Large Grant Contribution Fund (LGCF) provides financial contributions for large collaborative research applications. There have been some recent updates to the criteria -

  • in addition to applications led by Cambridge PIs, consideration will also be given to applications led by other institutions, where Cambridge is a major partner
  • the current threshold of eligibility for Arts, Humanities and Social Science discipline applications, has been reduced from £2m to £1m

Eligible applications for STEM thematic areas remains the same and needs to be over £5m.   All applications need to be fully collaborative, involving one or more external partners.

LGCF funding contributions are provided in particular for areas aligned with its priorities such as Widening Participation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Building Capacity and Capability, and Building Partnerships.

Full details of the Fund eligibility, terms & conditions and application process are available on its webpage. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Reminder: Large Grant Applications – Information Session 29th February  

Working on a large, complex grant application? Our online information session is a great opportunity to improve your knowledge, get guidance and ask questions. The Research Funding team offers application support services such as coordination of bid preparation, organisation of peer review and practice interviews to gather feedback focused on your needs.

Date: Thursday 29th February 2024

Time: 11:30am - 11:50am

Link: Click here to join the meeting

Presenter: Sarah Lamont, Senior Research Funding Coordinator, Research Strategy Office

The presentation will be recorded and shared through the CoP for those who are unable to attend the live session.


UKRI Open Access Policy for Long-form Scholarship - Information Session 19th February

The Office of Scholarly Communication would like to invite you to an online information session regarding the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) Open Access Policy for Long-form Scholarship, on Monday 19 February 2024, 12pm to 12:45pm.

This policy came into effect at the start of this year. It applies to monographs, edited collections and book chapters under contract from 1 January 2024 that acknowledge funding from any of the UK’s research councils.

The session will introduce the policy, how to comply and the broader open access books landscape, allowing plenty of time for questions. It is aimed at researchers funded by UKRI and research/library staff who support them. It led by Dr Sam Moore, Scholarly Communication Specialist and Alexia Sutton, Open Access Service Manager, Cambridge University Libraries.

To join this session, please book your place at

If you have any queries, you can email us,


Registrations for European R&I Week 2024

Registrations are now open for the EC’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event which will take place between 18th –  21st March 2024 in Belgium. This event brings together policymakers, researchers and entrepreneurs for debates, workshops and networking opportunities.  

For further details including the programme and registration, please go to the European Commission website.


Canada Concluded Association Negotiations to Horizon Europe

In November 2023, the Government of Canada concluded negotiations with the European Commission for Canada's association to Pillar II of Horizon Europe. Signing of the Association Agreement is expected to take place in 2024. While Signature and implementation are ongoing, Canadians can apply now as fully-fledged members of consortia (applicable to Pillar II 'Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness', including for the institutionalised European partnerships).

 For further details please see the EU Press Release: EU and Canada conclude negotiations for association to Horizon Europe and a list of participating countries in Horizon Europe.


RGUG Meeting 15th February 2024 - recording and presentations now available

The Research Grants User Group Meeting (RGUG) took place on 15th February 2024 and the recording and slides are now available. Presentations included the Worktribe implementation schedule and PI submissions for the Researchfish deadline on 14th March 2024.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24th April 2024 at 11:15am and will be an online Teams meeting. Further details will be circulated nearer the time and if you have any questions, please contact