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Research Grants User Group meeting – 24th April 2024

The next Research Grants User Group (RGUG) will take place as a Teams meeting on Wednesday 24th April at 11:15am.The agenda will include updates about Worktribe and Horizon Europe lump sum funding.

To join the RGUG meeting, please use this link.

This is an open meeting for any staff with an interest in grants administration. If you have any queries, contact


UKRI’s The Funding Service – webinar 25th April 2024

This is the second of two webinars about the UK Research and Innovation Funding Service. Topics will include: 

  • how to prepare for accepting awards
  • receiving an award offer
  • starting and managing an award
  • completing expenditure statements

The session is scheduled for Thursday 25th April, 2-3pm. Please register in advance to take part.


International Working Policy - presentation 5th June 2024

The International Working Policy and guidance came in to effect in October 2023 to ensure that anyone who undertakes an International Working arrangement (which includes research and fieldwork) is doing so safely and in accordance with legislation.

This presentation is specifically provided for staff who manage grant applications where International Working is a requirement. Topics include understanding what additional costs might be incurred when research takes place outside the UK and which costs can be included in funding applications.

The session will take place on Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 12:30pm and will be presented by Maria Buckman, Global Mobility Adviser. Please use this link to join the meeting.


Feedback opportunity for Horizon Europe work programme 2025

This is an opportunity to provide input for the development of the Horizon Europe ‘main’ work programme 2025 by filling in one or more surveys. Responses submitted through the survey will contribute to the co-design of the work programme 2025, covering all 6 clusters, research infrastructures, European innovation ecosystems, the 5 EU Missions and the New European Bauhaus facility.

The surveys are open until 6th May 2024, 12pm Central European Time.


European Commission increases investment in the Horizon Europe Work Programme

The European Commission has adopted an amendment to the 2023-24 Work Programme of Horizon Europe, where previously unallocated Horizon Europe funding will be used to increase the 2024 budget by nearly €1.4 billion to a total of €7.3 billion.

This amendment includes an investment of nearly €650 million in the EU Missions, as well as other areas including New European Bauhaus and Cultural Heritage.

Further details of this update on the Horizon Europe Work Programme can be found on their website.  


NC3Rs Call for in vitro researchers to participate in user testing new reporting standards

  • Do you use in vitro models in your research?
  • Are you drafting a manuscript to submit for publication in the next few months?
  • Would you like to receive expert feedback on your manuscript?

The RIVER (Reporting In Vitro Experiments Responsibly recommendations were developed by an international working group with expertise in research funding and publishing, methodology and statistics, and researchers in academic, regulatory and industry settings.

By joining the RIVER user testing group you will help to reduce the use of and reliance on animals in research, as in vitro studies often use animal-derived reagents, may produce data that leads to subsequent animal experiments and offer significant replacement opportunities for some animal studies.

Find out more and get in touch with the user testing study team by Tuesday 30th April to take part in the current round. Participants in the current round of user testing will need to send their draft manuscript to the study team by Friday 17th May.