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Research Operations Office


Published on 26 April 2013

Full Economic Costing Briefing Sessions

As part of the Research Operations Office Training Strategy (ROOTS) the next briefing sessions on Full Economic Costing and the Income Allocation Policy will take place as follows:

10am-12noon, Thursday 13 June 2013, Mill Lane Lecture Room 6

10am-12noon, Friday 14 June 2013, Clinical School Seminar Room 6

The briefing is relevant to all staff involved in research grants, particularly those new to the University and/or research grants and those seeking to confirm or refresh their understanding of University policy and its impact on research grants.

Content includes:         

  • What the PI should be aware of at application stage;     
  • What information might the Head of Department need to know before approving the application;        
  • What questions the Departmental Administrator may ask before submitting the application;        
  • How the Income Allocation Policy apportions overhead between the Department and the University (Chest).

To register please e-mail including your full name, department, role and a contact number, and stating which session you wish to attend.

Please forward this message on to appropriate colleagues involved in research grants.

Restricted Calls

The Research Strategy Office has developed a new section on its website dedicated to Restricted Calls. ‘Restricted calls’ are an internal University of Cambridge process that has been established in response to the increasing number of funding calls where the sponsor requires the University to internally coordinate applications or provide letters of support from the Vice-Chancellor or Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research.

The webpages provide guidance on the Restricted Calls procedure, how internal selections are made, how to request letters of support from the VC or PVC Research, as well as links to information on all current Restricted Calls.


X5 Briefing Sessions for Departments

X5 continues to be rolled out across the University with Departmental Administrators currently receiving training. By 7 May all pFACT users will have received their X5 log in. To help Departments become familiar with X5, several briefing sessions have been scheduled. These will be a 30 minute overview of X5 with an opportunity for Q&A. There is no need to book a place, just turn up at the session of your choice.




Wed 8 May

   9:15am   11:15am   2:15pm

   Downing Site

Thurs 9 May

   9:15am   11:15am   2:15pm

   Madingley Road

Fri 10 May    

   9:15am   11:15am   2:15pm

   Clinical School

Tues 14 May

   9:15am   11:15am   2:15pm

   Sidgwick Site

For further detail please visit the X5 website:

Update on ERC Calls in 2014

The ERC has issued a statement containing indicative dates for the next ERC calls for proposals in 2014. These dates are liable to change, as negotiations on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme are still ongoing. Based on the current state of play the ERC Scientific Council has provided a possible schedule of calls in 2014, on a purely indicative basis.

This is as follows:       

  • Publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014) in late 2013;   
  • Opening and submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014;
  • Opening and submission deadline for Starting Grants in the first and second quarter of 2014; 
  • Opening and submission deadline for Consolidator Grants in the second quarter of 2014; 
  • Opening and submission deadline for Advanced Grants in the fourth quarter of 2014;
  • No call for Synergy Grants in 2013 or 2014; 
  • Normal schedule for the Proof of Concept scheme (one call with two deadlines in 2014).

Removal of VAT exemption for research

Following the recent RGUG presentation about the above, a guidance note has been prepared and is available on the Internet: