I have a £1000 of funding that I can use for my research or teaching. I have bought a few books with it, but I have no other immediate necessity (conference trips etc). I do not like the budget to lapse (by the end of this July) and I am afraid I may have looked past some potential benefits I could have gained using the budget.

What are some possible ways for me to make use of this sum in this limited time?

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    Buy computers, stuff like that? – user9646 May 18 '18 at 10:34
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    Are you sure it has to lapse? Many funding agencies offer a "no-cost extension" which gives you more time to spend money already allocated. – Nate Eldredge May 18 '18 at 11:08
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    What is your field? – Nate Eldredge May 18 '18 at 11:08
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    See if any students who you supervise would like to go to a conference? – Flyto May 22 '18 at 10:37
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    Do you have some limitations on what cannot be charged to the grant ? I've seen some cases where buying computers were forbidden. – llrs May 22 '18 at 14:43

Spend forward (into 2018-2019) with opportunities related to the research which originally got funded.

Why not top up with a last-minute research trip, or a write-up trip completed and paid for by the end of the grant period?


There's always a new version of some software you use. This is also the perfect time to learn how to use a software package. There's always something to be learned and always someone willing (to be paid) to teach it.

  • I can imagine hiring someone to teach a software package being very difficult, beaurocrattically. – Udank Jul 9 '18 at 20:09

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