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New guidance for requesting institutional commitment for research bids

05 Feb 2020

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has launched new guidance to simplify the process of applying for additional financial contributions and/or institutional letters of support

Research funders often request additional financial contributions (AFC) or ‘matched’ funding on grant applications to demonstrate partnership and evidence that the proposal is in line with the Faculty and University’s strategic priorities. This might take the form of financial contribution to equipment, a funded studentship, reduced overheads or PI time or other financial contribution. 

To simplify the process of applying for AFC, this new guidance has been developed in partnership with the Faculty Leadership Team and Heads of Department. The guidance makes it clear what information should be included in a case for support and establishes a standardised process with clear timeframes for requesting additional financial contributions and institutional letters of support.   

The Faculty is committed to supporting bids of this nature wherever possible. However, budgets are not unlimited so it is important for budget holders to understand the strategic and financial case for AFC requests and to be able to prioritise requests.

The guidance will be applicable for all new research bids which require AFC and/or institutional letters of support from Monday 3 February. Bids that are already in progress will handled as part of a transition phase as we begin implementing this guidance.  If you have any queries regarding this document or the process, please contact your Research Support Manager.

Additional financial contributions and/or institutional letters of support guidance: