Prizes, Grants, and Funding

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RESEARCH SERVICES

Oxford University Research Services is based in the University Offices, Wellington Square (with satellite offices in the Medical School Offices of the John Radcliffe Hospital and at 9 Parks Road). Research Services is part of the Finance Division of the University's central administration.

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, Vol. 133, 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, their publications and administrative processes is available at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/.

Research Funding and Research-related Information

Research Services produces a weekly Web-based 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/erfn/.

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, please contact the Funding Information Officer (see contact 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 research.services@admin.ox.ac.uk 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. The Funding Information Officer (telephone: (2)70082) is also the first point of contact for all research funding information queries.

Research Grant Applications

All applications for external research funding must be endorsed by the University before they are despatched to the sponsor, whether or not this is required by the funding body. In order to do this, the University requires all applications made to funding bodies (such as the research councils, government departments, UK and overseas charities and foundations, and industry) to be checked and endorsed by Research Services on behalf of the University. The reasons for this are to ensure that:

* 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.

Application administration

Enquiries relating to the day-to-day processing of research grant applications should be addressed to the Research Grants staff of the main Research Services office at Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70146), or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the Research Services Medical satellite office, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington (telephone: (2)22544). A list of grants administrators for each department is available on the Web at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/grants/deptlist.shtml.

Research Contracts

The Research Contracts section is responsible for negotiating and approving the terms on behalf of the University of all research-related agreements, including those governing:

* sponsored or commissioned research;

* collaborative research;

* clinical trials;

* confidentiality and non-disclosure of information;

* transfer of materials;

* research-related services to industry;

* personal consultancy.

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/.

Research-related contracts

Enquiries relating to research-related contracts should be addressed to the Research Contracts Administrator (telephone: (2)70039).

General enquiries

General enquiries to Research Services may be addressed, in the first instance, to Ms Sarah-Jayne Beedall (telephone: (2)70143, e-mail: sarah.beedall@admin.ox.ac.uk), who will be pleased to direct queries to the appropriate member of staff.

Information on Research Funding

Oxford University's Research Services offers the following Web-based resources for those looking for external research funding:

electronic Research Funding News (eRFN) (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/erfn/)

This is a Web-based bulletin, updated weekly, of current research funding opportunities across all subject areas with forthcoming deadlines for applications. It includes an at-a-glance guide to deadlines and a searchable archive of previous issues.

If you would like to receive a weekly e-mail reminder summarising the contents of the bulletin, please e-mail research.services@admin.ox.ac.uk 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.

Community of Science (http://www.cos.com/)

The University subscribes to the `Funding Opportunities' service offered by the Community of Science (COS). This is a fully searchable database of grant-making organisations world-wide, providing information about research funding across all subject areas. Despite the misleading title, this source of information about funding opportunities also covers the social sciences and humanities.

This service may be accessed by any member of the University from within the university computer network.

Online research funding and information resources (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/information/)

This page on the Research Services Web site collects together links to COS and other online databases and information services to which the University has access. These services provide information about current research funding opportunities and sponsors.

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 the Research Funding Information Officer (telephone: (2)70082, e-mail: research.services@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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BELOE FELLOWSHIP 2004

The Beloe Fellowship, which is awarded by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, is available this year. The award will be made for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years to a candidate engaged in postdoctoral research. Applicants are expected to be involved in the design of instrumentation, rather than its use, and to remain in the practice of scientific instrumentation in the United Kingdom over a period of time. The award is valued at £5,000 per annum and can be awarded for a maximum of three years.

Applications should be submitted to Professor Tony Wilson, Department of Engineering Science, together with letters of support from two referees, by Friday, 30 January. Interviews, for those called, will be held at the Livery Hall in London in the third week of March.

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