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Research Operations Office


Published on 28 March 2024

Worktribe release timeline update 

The initial release of Worktribe’s pre-award and contracts modules will no longer take place in the Research Office and School of Technology in April 2024 as planned. This is due to changes in project resources, navigating risks associated with implementation, and results from the user readiness assessment. The priority has always been a successful go live rather than just hitting the early April date.

The Transforming Research Support Programme team is working on an updated plan to introduce Worktribe in the Research Office and School of Technology, with other Schools and relevant non-school institutions to follow.

Scheduled Worktribe training, starting in April for the second cohort of schools (School of Biological Sciences, School of Physical Sciences and School of the Humanities & Social Sciences) is still going ahead because we believe that early familiarisation with the new system will be beneficial for users. If you’re booked on a session it’s going ahead and if you’re not, further training will be scheduled.

The team would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and input into the TRS Programme, and looks forward to working with the schools in the months ahead towards a successful go live.  

Visit the TRS Sharepoint for regular updates, such as these new short videos and recorded demonstrations showing some useful features of the system


Time recording update for Horizon Europe grants

In response to Departmental feedback, we have simplified our guidance regarding the recording requirements of staff time for Horizon Europe grants and updated the Time Declaration Form

This update applies to staff working 100% of their contracted hours on a research grant for the following funders: 

  • Horizon Europe standard grants (awarded under 2024 Work Programme and onwards)
  • Horizon Europe UKRI underwrite  
  • Horizon Europe Innovate underwrite

You can either submit a timesheet each month as has been the case so far, or complete a time declaration each month detailing the total number of days worked in a particular month. This guidance has also been updated in the time recording requirement flow chart

If you have any queries, please contact or your Research Support school teams


Reminder: Research Grants Administrator Programme: May - July 2024

The Research Operations Office is about to embark on the next Research Grants Administrator Programme 2024 (previously known as ROOTS) and we are pleased to invite Expressions of Interest from all staff within the University who play an active role in the grants lifecycle.

Applications to be on the programme need to be submitted by Monday 15th April 2024 and there are 14 places available.

Further details and the Expression of Interest form is available on the programme page. If you have any queries, please contact


Save the date: Friday 14th June - European Research Council (ERC) Information Event

On the 14th June 2024, the Research Operations Office is organising a European Research Council (ERC) Information Event (hybrid) at the University of Cambridge.

Following the association of UK to Horizon Europe Programme, this event aims to inform and equip our researchers for the upcoming ERC calls where they are eligible to apply and get funding through ERC (if successful).

A guest speaker from European Research Council Executive Agency will join in person to talk about ERC Programme. Draft topics include the overview of the ERC, novelties introduced to ERC Programme, ERC 2024 Advanced Grant, 2025 Work Programme of ERC. Success stories of University of Cambridge ERC researchers will also be shared.

The event details including programme, time, venue and registration will follow once finalised, but in the meantime, please save the date in your diaries.


Researchfish 2024

The Researchfish submission for 2024 has now closed for the main funders and we would like to thank all researchers, administrative staff and node administrators for their part in a successful submission process this year. 

If you have any remaining queries, please contact


International Engagement Hub

Launched in its beta form in Michaelmas term, the University’s new International Engagement Hub begins to bring all the University’s guidance on international activity into one place; making it easier for staff and students to find the right guidance at the right time based on the activities they are involved in.

Areas such as working abroad and travel safety can now all be found in one place.

The Travel and International Support Helpdesk has also been launched, offering dedicated support and guidance. You can contact the team via or through an easy feedback form on the Hub itself.