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Research Operations Office



Why do I need X5?

X5 is an online tool to help researchers cost their research grant applications. It can be used for an individual research project or multi-department or multi-institution projects. Using salary information, non-staff costs, facilities costs, inflation assumptions, indirect and estate rates, X5 enables researchers and administrators to accurately determine the full economic cost of research projects.


Using X5

The X5 user manual and guidance is in the process of being transferred to an X5 sharepoint site during November & December 2020.


Login to X5


Useful links

X5 Login

Cambridge Enterprise

Ethics Approval

Exchange Rates (Requires Raven Password)

fEC Rates

Financial Regulations

Finance Division

Frascati Definition of Research

Grant Application Process Guidance

Human Resources


Research Equipment & Facilities

Research Grant Expenditure 

ResearchProfessional (Finding Funders)

Student Registry

Subsistence Rates

Travel Rates



For routine queries relating to X5, contact your Departmental Administrator.

If further support is needed, please contact your Research Develoment Team at the Research Operations Office.