VC and PVC Support Letters
Procedure for VC and PVC Research Support Letters
There has been a marked increase in calls where sponsors request a support letter
signed by the Vice-Chancellor or Pro-Vice Chancellor Research to be submitted with the application
for funding. In order to allow sufficient time for the review and signing of
letters, the requests for support letter are to be submitted to the Research
Strategy Office 10 (ten) working days ahead of the sponsor’s deadline or other
institution’s deadline (if another HEI is the lead on the application),
whichever is sooner. We shall endeavour to return the signed letters as soon as
possible and the latest 24 hours before the deadline.
When submitting the request to the Research Strategy Office,
- Confirm with the sponsor
whether it is VC/PVC Research that needs to sign the letter or could that be
Head of School or Department.
- Submit the draft support
letter, link to the call document and the outline of the proposal.
The support letter should include the following information:
- Title of the proposal
participating in the application
- Vision and aims of the
- Particular strengths and
expertise that the researcher(s) are bringing to the proposal
- Strengths and expertise
of relevant research centres / departments and divisions, links to their
research strategy and / or key themes
- Links to University’s
strategic research initiatives and networks (where applicable)
- What support /
commitments can be offered (where applicable and relevant), e.g.
allocation of space, allocation of studentships, facilities, staff time
- Anything else that you
feel would strengthen the support to the application.
Please send queries and requests to the Research Strategy Office
using the contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org