The John Fell Committee expects that awards will be managed by PIs working in departments within the University.
If, exceptionally, it is proposed to make an arrangement whereby some of a John Fell award would be transferred upfront to a third party outside the University, on the basis that that party would then administer those funds on the University’s behalf (eg to arrange payments in a developing country), you are advised as follows:
(a) that the committee would expect that no more than 30% of the value of a John Fell award, or £10,000 (whichever is the greater) will be handled in this way;
(b) that before applying you should discuss the proposal with the Research Services Office; and
(c) that you must make clear in the application to the Fell Fund the rationale for the arrangement, the proposed payment arrangements (including the total amount and spread of payments to the third party), and the main terms of the proposed agreement, including implications for intellectual property.
If funds are awarded in such a case, it will be a condition of the award that any transfer of funds will be governed by a research contract, to be negotiated through the Research Services Office.
These requirements do not apply in respect of retrospective payments to third parties for goods or services rendered, nor to funds to be managed by staff within Oxford colleges.