Section 7: Research Services


Research Services (RS) works in partnership with researchers, departmental administrative teams, the Finance Division, Legal Services, Research Facilitators, Oxford University Innovation and others to:

  • Help Oxford’s researchers secure funding.
  • Facilitate research collaboration.
  • Support knowledge exchange.
  • Contribute to University-wide and Divisional research and KE planning and strategic action.
  • Support strategic links with research funders, collaborators, regional groupings and policy agencies.
  • Promote the responsible conduct of research and compliance with regulatory and sponsor requirements.
  • Facilitate intellectual property commercialisation.
  • Profile the impact of Oxford research.

'Satellite', locally-based teams offer services 'tailored' to the needs of each division and their departments. Each of these Research Services teams builds close links with their divisional offices (co-locating wherever possible), academic departments and researchers, is familiar with the relevant major sponsors and schemes and collaborators, and has experience in dealing with the types of administrative issues that researchers face.

Other groups in Research Services offer specialised support in the areas of clinical trials and research governance, European Commission R&D funding, knowledge exchange and impact, IP rights management, research-related insurance, research integrity and compliance, research activity data and research systems.

Some suggestions for new DAs

  • Contact or visit your local divisional Research Services support team. Discuss with them what information or training you feel you require.
  • Take part in the regular meetings between Departmental Administrators and Research Services.
  • Bookmark and use the Research Support website.
  • Subscribe to the Research Services three-weekly News Bulletin


X5 provides administrators and principal investigators (PIs) with a tool for costing research grant applications. It allows the user to calculate the Full Economic Costs (FEC) of a research project and then adjust the price according to the requirements of each sponsor.

Under FEC, the Government requires higher education institutions in the UK to identify all direct and indirect costs for each research project, including space/estates charges, depreciation, an adequate recurring investment for infrastructure, equipment, consumables, travel and the cost of all staff working on the project (including PIs, technical and administrative staff).

  • Please see Costing and Pricing on the Research Support website for full details.
  • To become an authorised user of Resolve and for further information, please see the X5 website.