About research support at Oxford

This Research Support website is a joint website of Research Services and Research Accounts. We work in partnership with colleagues in the Academic Divisions, Departments, Research Facilitators, Oxford University Innovation and the University Administration and Services (UAS) to provide comprehensive support to researchers across the research lifecycle. Further details on Research Services and Research Accounts and their main responsibilities can be found below:

Research Services

Supporting the grant process

including advice on targeting the right opportunities, sponsor requirements and their review processes, using the various electronic submission systems; reviewing and authorising applications; accepting awards; coordinating reporting; and sponsor liaison.

Negotiating research-related contracts and agreements

including with other universities, companies or government departments to ensure that the terms are consistent with the University's policies and academic mission

Advising on the costing and pricing of research at Oxford

including the requirements for Full Economic Costing (FEC) of all projects and the use of X5

Supporting University and Divisional research-related planning

including through policy development, performance analysis and reporting, discussion, and advice to Senior Officers

Supporting University research-related and KE planning

including through servicing the Research Committee and related committees, working groups and forums, policy development, performance analysis and reporting, and advice to Senior Officers

Promoting the responsible conduct of research and compliance with regulatory and sponsor requirements

including through information, advice, training, policy development, and servicing University ethics committees

Providing information on funding opportunities

including via major sponsor summaries, special calls, training in the use of funding databases (e.g. ResearchProfessional.com) and customised searches/e-mail alerts, personal advice and referrals to Divisional/Departmental Research Facilitators

Supporting the development of the University's knowledge exchange/knowledge transfer activities and its partnerships with key external organisations

including via service coordination, promoting the scale and value of the University's engagement in knowledge transfer and supporting its relationships with key corporate and Government collaborators

Facilitating technology transfer

including through advising on intellectual property (IP), IP rights management and supporting the work of Oxford University Innovation

Leading the continuous improvement of research administration at Oxford

including through customer feedback, process review, joint development projects, information systems, training, professional networks and external advocacy

Research Accounts

The Research Accounts team is part of the Finance Division. The team works closely with departmental finance officers, administrators and with Research Services in connection with post-award financial management of research.

Research Accounts’ main responsibilities are:

  • Raising claims, invoices and statements to research customers
  • Managing funder debt
  • Setting up and amending all research awards on the grants module of Oracle Financials
  • The University's internal and external financial reporting on research
  • Overseeing the effective management of research finance audits, external and internal, including coordinated preparation for and hosting of audit visits and inspections