Research costings and justifications

Many thanks to Andrew Wilkinson, Phil Lewis and Verity Williams for delivering two very informative sessions in December.

Research finance – costs to consider in your proposal

The recording of this session is now available on the Recordings Archive. You can also download the slides.

Unfortunately the questions were not audible on the recording. If you have questions about costings, please contact a member of the Pre-Award Team in Research Services for support.

How to write a good justification of resources (JoR)

Thankfully the questions sound quality was better during this session. The recording of this session is now available and questions are audible from 23 minutes 42. You can also download the slides.

Questions arose on the topics of :

  • Justifying funding of PhD students
  • Justifying working with professors and specialists
  • The different wording of the JoR and Pathways to Impact statements
  • Justifying large equipment
  • Costing
  • Justifying small equipment e.g. laptops
  • Justifying networking events

Next sessions

Research contracts – an introduction

Thursday 15th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR 2. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
An opportunity to learn more about research contracts: what are they, why are they important, when are they necessary and what support can I expect?
Julia Krier, Senior Contracts Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

ACP basics and approving your research costing

Monday 19th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Gina Ramsden, Research Development Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

See you there!


Research funding and finance in December

Research Professional for finding funding opportunities
Wednesday 2nd December, 12.00, Bowland North SR1
An overview of Research Professional and how to use the database to find funding opportunities.
Andrew Wilkinson, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

Managing EU Projects in Horizon 2020
Tuesday 8th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
Insights on how to manage EU budgets, including Horizon 2020 projects.
Mary English, Project Manager, Engineering.

Completing EU Timesheets
Thursday 10th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR1
Why are timesheets needed? Are there any specific guidelines I need to follow?
Yes! Learn how to get it right the first time.
Alan Smith, Research Support Assistant, Research Services

Costs to consider in your proposal
Friday 11th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR19
Look at the cost of the resources required to carry out your research project in line with research funder guidelines, and to what extent these costs are covered by research funders.
Claire O’Donnell, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

How to write a good Justification of Resources
Tuesday 15th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
An explanation of how the Justification of Resources should be written so reviewers can assess whether the resources requested are appropriate for the research posed.
Diane Brackley, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

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What you need to know about Open Access


Thank very much to Louise Tripp for the recent session about Open Access, which included an overview of the movement, and the terminology and processes involved in publishing Open Access journal articles.


The recording of the session is now available, or you can simply view the slides below.


Is it the author that pays the Article Processing Charge (APC) to publishers? If you are funded my a research council, the RCUK has provided a block of funding which you can use to pay APCs. The University also provides some money for those who are not funded by a Research Council.

If I am allowed to self-archive by depositing onto Pure, does that mean I can also store a copy on ResearchGate? You would need to check the publisher’s terms, using Sherpa/FACT and Sherpa/ROMEO to find out what your funder requires and what the journal title allows. For example, you may be advised that self-archiving the author’s post-print on your own website after an embargo period of 6 months is permitted, but you can’t assume this means you can upload a copy to ResearchGate, as some publishers (e.g. Elsevier) would consider this ‘Systematic distribution‘. Please look at the publisher’s terms carefully and contact them if it’s not clear.

If I’ve already been published can I just put that version into Pure (i.e. Green route to OA)? You would need to check which version can be self-archived, and whether there is still an embargo in force.

Do many journals restrict self-archiving? Only a handful restrict self-archiving of the author’s post-print, but many do apply long embargoes.

If I apply for Gold funding and there’s no money left, what happens? This is unlikely at the moment due to the block grant from RCUK, but the University may have to apply tighter guidelines in the future if this becomes a problem e.g. only research considered to be 3 or 4 star for the REF