The office processes and approves all applications to outside bodies for research grants and contracts. It also acts in an advisory capacity for those seeking outside funding or requiring information about specific initiatives (e.g. LINK, Teaching Company, EC research programmes, etc.).
Contracts with industry are negotiated through the Research Services Office which also deals, inter alia, with various intellectual property matters, research-related work covered by purchase orders, consultancy agreements, agreements covering clinical trials and services, and liaison with funding bodies over discretionary pay awards.
The Director of the Research Services Office is Ms June Clark (telephone: (2)70142, e-mail: email@example.com).
Other members of the Research Services Office from whom advice may be sought are as follows:
Enquiries concerning day-to-day processing of research applications should be addressed to Room 330 (the Research Grants Office), Research Services Office (telephone: (2)70146).
General enquiries may be addressed in the first instance to the Director's Personal Assistant, Ms J. Vicary (telephone: (2)70143), who will be pleased to direct calls to the appropriate member of staff.
The reason for the requirement is twofold: namely (i) to ensure that the funds being requested are adequate for the purpose and the costing rules of the funding body have been applied correctly, and (ii) to ensure that the University would be in a position to undertake the obligations arising from an award and that these do not contravene University policy.
The detailed arrangements are as follows: applicants for research grants should submit their applications, together with a completed copy of the University's outside grant form (OG12), to Room 330, Research Services Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, telephone (2)70146leaving three clear working days for them to be processed.
In connection with the acceptance of awards and signature of contracts it should be noted that Statutes, Tit. X, cl. 2, provides that `no official of the University or any other person employed by the University or working in or in connection with any department of or under the control of the University shall in connection with any invention, discovery, or patent, or ... process, or manufacture have authority to make any representations on behalf of the University or to enter into any contract on behalf of the University or to be concerned in any transaction whatsoever in connection therewith on behalf of the University except with the express consent of Council'.
The relevant officials in the Research Services Office have been given authority to approve applications for external funds in support of research and the terms of contracts in straightforward cases under this provision: in more complicated cases, specific authority is necessary.
Enquiries related to any aspect of externally sponsored research should be directed to the Research Services Office, whose staff would be pleased to help.
Applicants must normally be under thirty-five years of age at the time of taking up the award and must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience. However, exceptionally applications from those over thirty-five years of age will be considered, if a strong case can be made. The awards are not available to those who at the time of starting the appointment are registered or intending to register for, reading or waiting to have work examined for degrees or equivalent awards, including higher degrees and doctorates, professional or vocational qualifications. The fellowships are open only to residents of the United Kingdom who have been educated in the United Kingdom or some other part of the Common-wealth for at least two years at secondary school and first degree level.
Applications will be considered in all subject areas. The fellowships are tenable in any UK university or other institution of higher education. Special Research Fellows will be expected to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award. A limited amount of teaching will be permitted (normally about three hours per week in term time).
At the time of the application it is not necessary for the applicant to know where he or she wishes to hold the award. However, if this is known the institution is not required to provide confirmation of its willingness to receive the applicant at this stage. This, together with details of the facilities to be provided, will be requested when the Special Research Fellows are selected and they have indicated where they would like to hold their awards.
Special Research Fellows will be paid at a point on the national salary scale for academic staff based on age and experience and each case will be judged according to its merits. The scheme is based on a `pound for pound' system whereby the Leverhulme Trust will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total salary costs (including National Insurance, superannuation, and London allowance, where appropriate) up to an annual maximum of £13,500, and the institution where the award is held will contribute the balance. For this reason, departments or faculty boards are required to confirm the availability of matching funds before proposals are passed for approval on behalf of the University. The Leverhulme Trust cannot contribute to institutional overheads or incidental research expenses for the award holder.
Application details are available from the address below upon written request only. All requests for application details must be accompanied by an A4 size addressed envelope, appropriately stamped for 100 grams for each set of details and no request for application details will be handled after Friday, 8 March. Completed application forms plus one photocopy must be in the hands of the Secretary by Friday, 15 March and will not be considered if arriving after this date. Applications made by fax cannot be accepted.
Application details are available from the Secretary, Research Awards Advisory Committee, the Leverhulme Trust, 1519 New Fetter lane, London EC4A 1NR.
Preference will be given to candidates applying from other universities, i.e. not already matriculated at Oxford, and to those domiciled or educated in Scotland. Candidates not fulfilling these criteria are unlikely to be successful.
The scholarship, which is to to be awarded to a person wishing to begin a course of study at Oxford who would otherwise be prevented by lack of funds will cover university and college fees and provide a grant for maintenance, subject to assessment of other sources of income (maintenance grants for 19956 are £1,885 for undergraduates and £5,260 for postgraduates). It will be renewable from year to year, subject to satisfactory progress and continuance of approved full-time study.
Candidates for the Pirie-Reid Scholarship are expected to have applied for admission to the University in the usual way.
Application forms may be obtained from Mrs J. Brown, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.
The closing date for applications is 1 May.