Costing guide

It is vital that sufficient time is set aside to prepare the costings for your grant application, allowing for both your calculations and for your costings to be verified by your institution’s finance department. Funding panels are looking for value for money therefore when preparing costings it is imperative that all costs are justified. It is also important to check what aspects of your project your funder will finance.

AcoRD document

For research being conducted within the NHS the ‘Attributing the cost of health and social care Research & Development (AcoRD)’ document aims to “clarify the distinction between research costs, NHS support costs and treatment costs in relation to activity specified in the research application/protocol” and who (NHS or external funder) is responsible for financing these different aspects of a research project being conducted in the NHS.

► Attributing the cost of health and social care Research & Development: The AcoRD document, 2012 (PDF)

Research costings checklist

The Time of Transition Subgroup of the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology Clinical Studies Group has compiled a list of possible costs you may wish to use as a starting point when compiling your research costings.

► Research costings checklist, 2011 (PDF)