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In connection with the acceptance of research awards and signature of research-related contracts, the University's Statutes, section 14 of Statute XVI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, pp. 131--2), provide that `(1)...no officer of the University, or any other person employed by the University or working in or in connection with any department or body within or under the control of the University, shall have authority to make any representations on behalf of the University or to enter into any contract on behalf of the University, except with the express consent of Council. (2) No such consent given by Council shall be operative until a copy of the resolution of Council, certified by the Registrar, has been delivered to such officer or other person.'
Research Services 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 Research Services. 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.
Information about Research Services, its publications and administrative processes is available at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/.
Non-funding research-related information is publicised via the Web-based Bulletin Board. To receive regular e-mails summarising the contents of both these publications, contact Ellen McAteer (see details below). The University also has access to various online research funding databases and other sources of research-related information, available from the Web site at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/information/. If you would like to receive a weekly e-mail reminder summarising the contents of electronic Research Funding News, and also those of the Bulletin Board, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line `join eRFN mailing list'. Please note that this service is only available to members of the University with an `ox.ac.uk' e-mail account. Ellen McAteer (telephone: (2)70082) is also the first point of contact for all research funding information queries.
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 that
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, Research Services 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 Research Grants Office (RGO).
The administrative arrangements for submitting research funding applications are available from the Research Services Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/grants/. 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 Research Services, or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the Research Services Medical satellite office at Level 3 of the John Radcliffe Hospital, leaving three clear working days for it to be processed.
sponsored or commissioned research
confidentiality and non-disclosure of information
transfer of materials
research-related services to industry
In addition, the contracts team takes lead responsibility within Research Services for:
checking intellectual property rights and preparing the assignment of new technologies to Isis Innovation for exploitation, through licences or spin-out companies;
authorising royalty payments to inventors;
advice on matters connected with research-related contracts.
The administrative arrangements for University research-related agreements are available from the Research Services Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/contracts/.
If you would like to receive a weekly e-mail reminder summarising the contents of the bulletin, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject line `join eRFN mailing list'. This service is only available to members of the university with an `ox.ac.uk' e-mail account. Subscribers also receive monthly updates about the contents of the RSO Bulletin Board (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/information/bboard.shtml) which lists non-funding research-related information, such as details of conferences, training opportunities and changes in the policy of major research funding bodies.
This service may be accessed by any member of the university from within the University computer network.
If you would like more information about these or any other services provided via Research Services, please visit its Web site at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/ or contact Ellen McAteer, Research Funding Information Officer (telephone: (2)70082, e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Application forms are available from Paul Burns, English Faculty Administrator, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ (telephone: Oxford (2)71096, e-mail: Paul.Burns@admin.ox.ac.uk), to whom completed applications, accompanied by two pieces of written work on literary topics of not more than 2,000 words each, should be sent by Monday, 3 March.
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