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Before submission to the funder all funding applications must undergo due diligence checks before being approved by the faculty and RES via AMS. Projects in AMS can be fast-tracked for approval if the price to funder amount is below the faculty threshold values for grants, contract research or consultancy. Please see the pdfs in the key documents section for more information regarding due diligence and fast-tracking.
Change to: For major bids (greater than £1M) the OU contribution to the cost of the research project will be high. Advance approval in principle is required, prior to significant development of the application, from your faculty Associate Dean for Research.
Principal investigators should liaise with their faculty research support team to facilitate approval in AMS.
Approval in AMS is linear, each approval group is notified when the project is assigned to them for approval. Wider notifications (e.g. to PI) are only sent once the approval process is complete.
To ensure all approvals are completed on time we advise that if you are submitting with less than five days’ notice you notify Finance via the Comments tab so that they can start their due diligence and review checks in good time.
Most funders use a submission portal (E-System or Grant Management System) to facilitate application submission. Those in bold below are submitted by RES on behalf of the OU. Others are usually submitted by the PI. All approvals in AMS should be completed prior to submission.
|Cancer Research UK||eGMS|
|Leverhulme Trust||CC Grant Tracker|
|Research Councils UK||Je-S|
|Wellcome Trust||WT Grant Tracker|
Call guidelines will stipulate the submission method.
Contact the Research Development team if you are unsure whether the OU is registered with a particular E-System or if your application requires institutional approval.
Some funders will ask for a legal representative/authority to approve a funding application as part of the submission process. The delegated authority for The Open University is Jo Vango (Head of Legal, Finance and Business Services).
If you are unsure if this is a requirment please contact the Research Enterprise team for futher advice.