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    SPIRAL: Improving Cost Recovery on Research Projects
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Understand the different cost elements of a research project and how the recovery of institutional costs (overheads) can be improved when a research project is costed.

Duration 1 hour

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: All staff involved in costing research projects, approving costings of research projects, or managing departmental/faculty finances in relation to research.

This course is about improving the financial return to the University, Faculty and Department when costing research projects, whoever the funder. It starts by describing the different cost elements of a research project, and then defines two measures of financial return - cost recovery and recovery rate. As these are affected by how the project is costed and by the pricing template used, strategies for improving recovery with respect to different funders are elucidated.

Participants should learn:

  • The importance of cost recovery to the University, Faculty and Department
  • The different types of cost associated with research projects
  • How cost recovery is measured
  • How recovery can be improved
  • What further information resources are available

11.00 - 12.00  26 October 2021


14.00 - 15.00  27 April 2022

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Delivered By: Ian Dwyer, Mathematics and Statistics, delivered on behalf of RKES.


Familiarity with costing research proposals (not necessarily at Strathclyde).

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