This page contains important announcements relating to research management information.
Budget Reporting Changes
The Research Office will be changing the way that we report on research award volumes on the research funding dashboards and in our ad hoc reporting. This is in order to report more accurately on the date that the budgets which make up the award volume, are awarded.
Award volumes have previously been reported using the date an award was originally created, and any supplements or extensions or budget amendments appended onto that award creation date. Going forwards, budget amendments will be recorded against the actual date that the budget was amended.
For example, an award that started in 2015 with an extension in 2018 would show the full award budget in 2015. Going forward, the original award budget would show against 2015 but the extension would be reported against 2018. This gives us a better picture of research funding trends, putting award volumes into the years they relate to.
Note that some negative budgets may also appear, mainly where main department budgets have been reduced to create subprojects in other departments. We are excluding unspent balances at project closure as much as possible.
Commitment Detail Report
The Operational dashboards have been updated to include commitment transactions detail per project. This is accessible on most reports via the existing project number drill to “Project Transaction Detail”. Listed under the existing expenditure reports is a new “Commitment Detail” report. If commitments are present on the project, this report will detail them all, with subtotals per transaction type, plus a grand total.
Updated Strategic Research Dashboards
The Strategic Research Dashboards have been updated for the new 2014/15 financial year. This includes changes to the content and format of some of the charts, and updated competitor data. As well as updates to the existing data from Research Councils, Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, there is new data from the National Institutes of Health, the Technology Strategy Board and fellowships data from the Royal Society.