6 Administration of Research Grants
6.4 The Starting Certificate
- The Starting Certificate gives the research grant reference, the
investigator(s) name(s) and proposed start and end dates of the research
- The start of a research grant is defined as the date on which the first
member of staff paid on the grant starts work, or, if there are no staff or if
staff are intended to commence later in the project, the date on which
expenditure under another heading is first incurred.
- Where staff are intended to commence later in the project and the
applicant intends to start the grant with expenditure under any other heading,
prior approval from the relevant STFC Secretariat should be sought.
- Notification of the start date, by submission of the Starting Certificate,
will constitute acceptance of the grant and will activate the profiled
- The Research Organisation should indicate on the Starting Certificate what
action has prompted the start of the award. Submission of the starting
certificate is required not more than 42 days after the actual start
- The Starting Certificate should not be completed in advance of the start of
the research grant.
- The start of research may be delayed by up to six months after the start
date stated in the award letter, the duration of the grant remaining
unchanged. After this time the offer of a research grant will
- Where STFC revises a research grant to take account of new circumstances
e.g. change in programme, the Research Organisation will be provided with a
'Restarting Certificate' which should be completed and returned to STFC as soon
as possible so that payments may resume.