Grants and Research Funding

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The Oxford University Research Services Office is based in the University Offices, Wellington Square, and is part of the central university administration.

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:

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.

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Administrative procedures in respect of externally sponsored research

Members of the University are reminded that it is a requirement of the General Board that all applications for externally funded support must be endorsed on behalf of the University through the Research Services Office before they are dispatched to the sponsor, whether or not this is required by the funding body. (This includes, for example, bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, and other charities and EC programmes which do not specifically ask for administrative authorisation.)

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)70146—leaving 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.

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Cyril Foster and related funds for international relations

1 The Managers of the Cyril Foster and related funds will consider requests from members of the University (M.Litt. and D.Phil. students, and senior members) undertaking research in international relations for modest grants towards travel and related expenses, and, exceptionally, for other purposes. The funds are:

The Cyril Foster Fund: this is intended `for the promotion of international peace and the prevention of future wars'.

Other funds: these, which are strictly limited, are available `for the promotion of research in international relations'.

2 The Managers will in addition make an annual Maurice Latey Award `to assist travel for research by postgraduate students in the fields of politics of international relations working on aspects of democracy, freedom and religion'. Suitable applications for grants under 1 above will automatically be considered for this award. Additional applications are also invited from postgraduate students at British or overseas universities wishing to use the Latey Archive in the Bodleian Library.

3 Applications for grants under 1 and 2 are not normally entertained from visiting scholars, from students with probationary status, from students for the M.St. or M.Phil. degree, or from undergraduates. Requests should be made before the expenses are incurred. Attendance at an international conference will not in itself normally be accepted as a sufficient reason for a grant.

Applications should be made on a form available from the Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds (Mrs M. Lyall), Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL, and should be submitted by the end of the fifth week of each Oxford term. Consideration of applications submitted after that date will normally be deferred until the latter part of the following term. In stating their reasons for application, applicants should make clear how these relate to the terms of reference of the various funds.

Applicants other than senior members are asked to name one referee, normally their supervisor, who should be requested to send in a reference directly to the Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL.

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Isaiah Berlin Fund Scholarship 1996–7

The Board of Management of the Isaiah Berlin Fund now invites applications for the Isaiah Berlin Fund Scholarship which will be tenable during the academic year 1996–7.

Those eligible to apply for the scholarship, which will be of a value of up to £2,500 and which will be tenable for a period of not less than one term during the academic year, are students working for a research degree of the University in the fields of Italian literature and history, including the history of art. The scholarship will be awarded to enable the holder to visit Italy for purposes of study and research in connection with his or her thesis.

Applications, which should be submitted on a form obtainable from the Secretary of the Taylor Institution, 37 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JF, should be returned to him by Friday of the second week of Trinity Term, i.e. by Friday, 3 May.

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