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X5 (Research Grant Costing and Pricing Tool)

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X5 is the University's research grant costing and pricing tool, which was developed in collaboration with University of Oxford and Unit 4 to meet the more complex costing methodology needs introduced under the fEC (Full Economic Costing) model. This system is vital for Principal Investigators and their departments to cost their research accurately and for the Research Operations Office (ROO) to monitor and approve this funding.

Features and Benefits

Features & Benefits 
  • accurate, flexible, quick and simple to use
  • enables planning of complex scenarios

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost? 

X5 is free of charge to all University of Cambridge staff upon completion of a New User Form.

How Do I Get This Service?

How do I get this service? 

The service can be accessed via the X5 webportal. No additional software is required.

How Quickly Can I Get This Service?

How quickly can I get this service? 

Upon completion of the New User Form the Research Operations Office will set up the required access, generally within 24 hours.

Support Details & Contact Information

Support Details & Contact Information 

Routine queries relating to X5 should be refered to departmental administrators in the first instance.

If further support is required, please contact the appropriate Research Support Administrator (RSA) within the Research Operations Office.

General comments only regarding X5


(for opening times, see Supported Service Hours)

Available Service Hours

When is this service available? 

X5 is accessible / downloadable 24/7.

Supported Service Hours

Supported Service Hours 

Monday to Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

(except UK bank holidays and University closures) 


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