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Any request for a variation of terms arising during the grant (eg a no-cost extension, maternity/paternity leave, your RA leaves etc), must be discussed in advance with the Director. The Trustees will not normally entertain requests for an increase in the amount of grants.

The Director should be consulted before viring funds between different cost headings of the grant; no more than 10% of the grant may be vired in this way.

Successful applicants should acknowledge the grant from the Trust in any publications resulting from work supported by the Trust and display the Trust’s logo wherever appropriate.

A report is required at the end of the project, and sometimes beforehand.

Repayment of all or part of the grant may be required by the Trust if the conditions attaching to the grant have not been fulfilled.

At the end of the grant, any unspent grant funds are returned to the Trust for the benefit of future applicants.

In the case of grants made to University Departments, the Trust has agreed that its ownership of Intellectual Property Rights will be vested in the University. In return the University will pay the Trust a share of any income arising from the project on an agreed pro rata basis. Payments made by the University to the investigator and his or her Department under its revenue-sharing scheme will be based on the University’s net share of any income. Any negotiations about IPR will be handled by Cambridge Enterprise.

Terms & Conditions FAQ

My project has been held up due to circumstances beyond our control - can I seek an extension to my grant?

The Trustees will consider a case for making a no-cost extension where the project has been held up for good reason.

My RA has been on maternity/sick leave - does the Trust grant cover this?

Where the Trust makes a grant for the support of a specific research project, even if that involves contributing to the salary costs of a research associate, the Trust will make no further contribution to cover the costs of any maternity or medical leave, provision for which remains the responsibility of the applicant's own institution. The Trustees will however consider applications for no-cost extensions to accommodate parental or sick leave.

I have cash left over at the end of the grant. Can I use this to extend the work (ie can I ask for a no-cost extension in these circumstances)?

No, the grant is for the purpose and duration set out in the offer, unless there has been disruption - see the two questions above). The balance should be returned to the Trust, where it will be recycled into new grants.



Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 11 July 2024

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 13 March 2025


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