Research and Innovation Services


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Updated Grant Terms and Conditions

12 November 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has updated its full economic cost (fEC) grant and training grant terms and conditions, as part of its standard biannual update.


UKRI updated terms and conditions contain several new and revised conditions. Any staff with responsibility for supporting research applications and managing active awards from UKRI (including individual councils) should familiarise themselves with the changes and implement any enhancements needed to local processes to ensure compliance.

Trusted Research and Innovation

As part of this update, UKRI has added a new grant condition clarifying its expectations for organisations and Principal Investigators in receipt of UKRI funding, in line with its Trusted Research and Innovation Work Programme.

This revision builds on ongoing best practices used by organisations to support efficient due diligence in a way that minimises the risks associated with trusted research and innovation. A set of accompanying Trusted Research and Innovation Principles has also been published to support this new condition.

These principles should be considered when applying for, approving new research proposals and subsequent management of active projects.

Supporting International Students

Following the implementation of the changes to international students in November 2020, further information has been added to the Training Grant Terms and Conditions and Guidance to clarify UKRI's rules on student's eligibility, residency status and temporary absences.

Supporting Flexible Working

UKRI has added information to clarify its position on remote working for research staff, excluding investigators, on grants. This includes allowing research staff employed by the organisation, to work remotely, where the research project allows, and organisational policies continue to be adhered to.

Please always refer to UCL HR policies for any changes to working procedures. 

External Partners completing dual roles

Details of when a third party may be involved on a grant as both a project partner and as a subcontractor have been included in the fEC guidance.