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How to cost your application

Costs must show sufficient detail to enable peer reviewers and recommending committees to make an informed decision. There are costs that applicants are able to apply for and costs that will not be accepted within applications, details can be found below.

Eligible costs within an application:

  • The stipend for a PhD studentships can be applied for within schemes where stated
  • The percentage of inflation used must be the same as the most recent pay award agreed by the Institution and no more than 2% (as at May 2015 and this will be periodically reviewed)
  • Any requests for computers must be fully justified and an integral to the success of the research proposal
  • Fully justified items of equipment of up to £30,000 can be requested, requests for items of equipment included in applications with a cost greater than £5,000 must be supported by an estimate
  • Lead applicants and co-applicants can apply for their salaries as long as they don't hold a tenured position. Please note all applications must have a lead applicant or another co-applicant that is tenured
  • Training and supervision of staff costs by non-tenured applicants within the project must be justified
  • If costs for animal experiments are included then a detailed breakdown, including the species and models must be provided for consideration of the committee
  • Animal maintenance and purchase costs should be separated and not included within the animal costings
  • London weighting applies to any applicant applying from an institution in London
  • Additional expenses/consumables need to be fully justified and will be assessed by the recommending committee
  • Requests for external consultancy costs should be included in expenses for consideration by the recommending committee
  • Access charges for use of specialist equipment may be applied for within expenses

Ineligible costs within an application:

  • Student tuition fees aren't provided on grants unless it's specifically stated that these can be applied for
  • Costs relating to staff recruitment
  • Personal license fees and home office license
  • Funding to provide maintenance of equipment
  • Office stationery costs unless required for the project and justified accordingly
  • Travel support and open access are not to be included within standard grant applications, these are additional awards that can be applied for by an Arthritis Research UK grant holder
  • Interview and staff relocation costs
  • Miscellaneous costs within consumables
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