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The RSO is authorised to process all applications to outside bodies for research grants and to sign research-related agreements on behalf of the University. It can also provide advice for those seeking external research funding or requiring information about specific initiatives (e.g. LINK, EU research programmes, etc.).
Research-related contracts with industry and other external sponsors are negotiated through the RSO. Such contracts include agreements covering the sponsorship of research, collaborative research, clinical trials, services to industry, intellectual property issues, confidentiality issues, material transfer, and consultancy.
The RSO produces a weekly electronic bulletin of funding opportunities with forthcoming deadlines for applications, electronic Research Funding News (eRFN), which is available to members of the University via the Internet at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/erin/. To receive a weekly e-mail summarising the contents of the bulletin, please contact Ellen McAteer, Information Assistant in the RSO (e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: (2)70082). Non-funding research-related information is publicised via the RSO's Web-based Bulletin Board, which is also available to members of the University at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/bboard.htm.
Contact details for certain members of the RSO are as follows:
Ms Catherine Quinn, Director (telephone: (2)70158, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Richard Liwicki, Head of Research Contracts Administration (telephone: (2)70011, e-mail: email@example.com)
Mr Pierre-Manuel Espinasse, Head of Research Grants Administration (telephone (2)70043, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Michael Halsey, Assistant Registrar (Clinical Research Grants and Contracts), John Radcliffe Hospital satellite office (telephone: (2)22604, e-mail: email@example.com)
General enquiries may be addressed, in the first instance, to Mrs Jane Taylor (telephone: (2)70143), who will be pleased to direct calls to the appropriate member of staff. Further information about the Research Services Office is available from the Web site: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/.
the funds requested are sufficient to cover the research being undertaken (e.g. that correct and up-to-date salary scales have been used);
the costing rules of the University have been applied correctly (e.g. that the appropriate level of indirect costs have been applied);
the guidelines of the funding body have been followed correctly (e.g. that the funds requested may be used for the purpose proposed); and
the University would be in a position to accept the grant should the application be successful (e.g. that appropriate facilities are available to house the project, or that the proposed research does not contravene University policy).
In addition, the RSO can:
advise on the factors which should be taken into consideration when costing research projects,
provide information on funding body guidelines, and
advise on the completion of the necessary application and internal forms prior to submission to the RGO.
The administrative arrangements for submitting research funding applications are available from the RSO's Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/rgo/office.htm. In summary, these are as follows: applicants should submit the original plus one copy of their application, together with a completed copy of the University's Outside Grants (OG) form, to the Research Services Office, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70146), or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the RSO satellite office at the Medical School Offices of the John Radcliffe Hospital (telephone: (2)20311), leaving three clear working days for it to be processed.
In connection with the acceptance of research awards and signature of research-related contracts it should be noted that Statutes, Tit. X, cl. 3, 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'.
Enquiries relating to the day-to-day processing of research grant applications should be addressed to the RSO's Research Grants Office (telephone: (2)70146, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the RSO satellite office, the Medical School Offices, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington (telephone: (2)22544).
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Financial assistance is only available to students who are already at the University or students who have received a firm offer of both a faculty and a college place for a one-year taught Master's course. With exception for such courses, awards are not normally made to students in their first year of study. The Bequest does not provide full scholarships for study at the University, but, in general, is used to support students in need of smaller sums for maintenance and for specific projects. Amounts do not usually exceed £2000 per annum.
Further particulars and an application form may be obtained from the Secretary, Prendergast Bequest, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: International.Office@admin.ox.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is 31 August. It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the outcome in mid- to late September.
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