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Horizon Europe Lump Sum Funding Calls - Crib Sheet and Webinar

The Research Operations Office has produced a crib sheet for applications under Lump Sum Funding calls recently introduced under Horizon Europe. The crib sheet provides general information based on recent calls for collaborative research. We will be looking to update this in order to cover other forthcoming calls for ERC projects when the information becomes available. 

On 7th June 2024, there will be a webinar where experts from the ERC Executive Agency will answer questions about the new lump sum model of funding for 2024 Advanced Grants. The event on the ERC YouTube channel starts at 11am, Central European Summer Time (CEST).   


European Innovation Council (EIC) Information Event – Save the Date 4th July 2024

The Research Operations Office EU Team is organising a European Innovation Council (EIC) Information Event for University of Cambridge Researchers. The online event will be held on the 4th July 2024, between10:30am - 12:00pm (UK Time).

The event is primarily aimed at University of Cambridge Researchers, but professional support service staff across the University are also welcome to attend. We will host a guest speaker from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) to introduce the EIC Programme.

Further details about the agenda and registration will follow in due course, but for now please save the date in your diaries.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024 call

The aim of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

The 2024 call is open and guidance and the crib sheet is available on the ROO website.  

Here are the deadlines for the call 

 ROO deadline 9th September 2024 at 17:00
Funder deadline 11th September 2024 at 16:00 (17:00 CEST)


How to Contact the Cambridge Research Office

The Cambridge Research Office (CRO) has introduced some additional ways for getting in touch if you don’t already have an existing contact with us.

Web form Email Phone

Complete the enquiry form on our website

2 working day response time

Recommended route

2 working day response time

Inbox monitored daily

01223 333543

For urgent queries only 

Answered Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm

If you are in direct contact with an individual or team at CRO, please continue to work with them. You can also find contact information on our website for specific queries regarding applying for a grant, managing a project, research contracts and other grant services.  

A dedicated support team is also being set up for our new grant management system Worktribe. Details of how to contact this team will be shared closer to the launch of the new system.


Research Grants User Group meeting – 18th July 2024

The next Research Grants User Group (RGUG) will take place as a Teams meeting on Thursday 18th July, 11:15am – 12:15pm. This is an open meeting for any staff with an interest in grants administration. Further details will be circulated nearer the time.

If you have any queries, contact


Reminder - Large Grant Contribution Fund

The University’s Large Grant Contribution Fund (LGCF) provides financial contributions for large collaborative research applications. At the beginning of 2024, there were some 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