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Published on 30 September 2010


Launch of Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards

The new schemes for the Wellcome Trust launch on 1 October 2010 when their online application system 'eGrants', will be available for application submissions. Lots of information has already been provided by the Trust and the Research Office regarding the requirements for applying, including a presentation made at the RGUG on 28 September 2010, which can be found at: https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/research/documents/local/rgug/20100928/rgug_wellcome_trust_investigator_awards_28_sept_2010.pdf

Further information from the Wellcome Trust can be found at: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Investigator-Awards/index.htm

It is important to note that for all applications, an institutional letter of commitment is required which needs to be provided by the Head of School. Furthermore, all applications must be signed by the Director of the Research Office, to be received no later than 15 November.

If you have any queries regarding this scheme, please contact your School team at the Research Office: https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/research/contact/list.aspx

Changes to pFACT: Inflation on Overseas Funders

The Foreign Exchange policy is now in place across the University and having consulted with the members of Research Grants User Group (RGUG), the Research Office will be updating the inflation factor used on all overseas funders within pFACT from 5% to 3.5%. Therefore, all funders within the following funding source categories will change:

  • EU Government/EU Commission
  • EU Other
  • Overseas Charity
  • Overseas Govt/Educational
  • Overseas Nat/Public Corp
  • Overseas Private Ind/Comm

For any new proposals that are created, pFACT will automatically pull through the new rate of inflation. However, if there is a project with a status of 'Under Construction', 'DA' or 'HoD' you will need to delete the funder and then add it back to the proposal so that the new inflation rate of 3.5% will pull through. Projects with the status 'Research Services', 'Submitted', 'Project Accepted' and 'Project Rejected' projects will retain the old rate of 5%. The updated rate will be made to pFACT on Monday 4 October 2010 between 8:00am and 10:00am during which time the system will be vulnerable.

If you have any queries regarding these changes, please contact your School team at the Research Office https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/research/contact/List.aspx or the pFACT helpdesk at pFACT.helpdesk@admin.cam.ac.uk or tel: 65432. Further details regarding the foreign exchange policy can be found at https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/offices/finance/procedures/fepolicy.pdf.

BBSRC Presentation - 7 Oct 2010

The BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) will be visiting Cambridge to give a presentation on Pathways to Impact. This will include:

  • What is impact?
  • Expectations and policies
  • Guidance for completing the Pathways for Impact
  • Demonstrating and maximising the impact of research

The presentation will take place on Thursday 7 October, 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Biffin Lecture Theatre (next to the Dept of Genetics), Downing Site. The talk will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in BBSRC research funding including academics, facilitators and administrators. It would be helpful, though not essential, if you could indicate your interest in attending this session by e-mailing croevents@admin.cam.ac.uk. If you have any queries, please e-mail hannah.pawson@admin.cam.ac.uk

NERC Presentation - 13 Oct 2010

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) will be visiting Cambridge to give a presentation on Pathways to Impact. This will include:

  • What is impact?
  • Pathways to Impact and the grant application form
  • Assessing Pathways to Impact
  • Knowledge Exchange Schemes

The presentation will take place on Wednesday 13 October, 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Tilley Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Site. The talk will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in NERC research funding including academics, facilitators and administrators. It would be helpful, though not essential, if you could indicate your interest in attending this session by e-mailing croevents@admin.cam.ac.uk. If you have any queries, please e-mail hannah.pawson@admin.cam.ac.uk.

MRC Research Board and Panel Recruitment round

The Medical Research Council's (MRC) annual Research Board and Panel Recruitment round has now begun and the deadline for applications is 15 October 2010. The MRC are seeking to fill 44 scientific vacancies in the 4 research boards and 5 panels from 1 April 2011.

For further details regarding person specification, terms and conditions, and an online application form, go to the MRC website, http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Ourresearch/Boardpanelsgroups/Vacancies/index.htm