The Start Confirmation document gives the research grant reference, the investigator(s) name(s) and proposed start and end dates of the research grant.
The start of a research grant is defined as follows:
Research grants with DI staff: the date on which the first DI staff supported by the grant start work.
Research grants with DI staff, but where it is intended that staff should not be in post at the start of a grant: the date on which expenditure on any other DI or DA ( excluding estates) heading first occurs.
Research grants without DI staff: the date on which any DA (excluding estates) expenditure first occurs
If a grant is intended to be started in any other manner, this must be approved prior to the start by the relevant council.
The Research Organisation should indicate on the Start Confirmation what action has prompted the start of the award. Submission of the Start Confirmation is required not more than 42 days after the actual start date.
The Start Confirmation should not be completed in advance of the start of the research grant.
The start of research may currently be delayed by up to three months after the start date stated in the award letter, the duration of the grant remaining unchanged. If the grant has not started after this time, the offer of a research grant will lapse.
For some STFC grants, particularly consolidated grants, there is a requirement for the grant to start on a set date. In these cases a condition will be added to the grant stating that there can be no delays as per the three months normally allowed. In these cases the earliest and latest start dates will be set to the same date in the system.
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