Unit4 Research, Costing & Pricing ^

Understand the full economic cost of research to your institution

Unit4 ERP Research, Costing & Pricing (RCP) is a solution developed especially for colleges and universities to calculate accurate cost estimates and price calculations for applications for research grants.

The RCP has been developed by Oxford University in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and some of our consultants, with universities and not-for-profit institutions in mind. The solutions are nevertheless beneficial for any company that receives support applications.

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Cost & budgeting for institutions ^

When undertaking cost research for an institution, there are several things to consider before proving whether the funder should fund 100% of the costs of the institution;
personnel, non-personnel, student, and property costs, and indirect and fixed costs. We deliver RCP solutions that take all these costs into account and deliver transparency, control and increased efficiency with significantt cost and time savings.

The RCP follows the principles of the FEC and conforms to the TRAC methodology, used throughout higher education to help institutions calculate the costs of activities and determine application grants.

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Why choose Arribatec? ^

Proven record of successful RCP implementations

With two original members from the Oxbridge project joining Arribatec as RCP consultants, Arribatec boasts experience that means we are unmatched globally as an RCP provider.

With assistance from our consultants, we offer an outstanding level of RCP service for Unit4 through valuable knowledge and a skillset that stems from a combined experience of 25 years in higher education. We aim to assist by providing an outstanding level of service through a degree of understanding you will not find elsewhere.

We have provided several expert services to the Norwegian Agency for Public and Economic Administration (DFØ), which were crucial in successfully implementing the Research, Costing & Pricing (RCP) module across the four universities.

Implementation ^

Once upon a time, we were customers. Our modus operandi for implementations is governed by a human approach that is both transparent and flexible in nature. With a proven record of successful implementations, we will work with you to create a solution that best meets your requirement.

Through design and development workshops, we work collaboratively with you to ensure the successful completion of each project phase and deliver effective knowledge transfer that allows substantial time for a comprehensive support transition.

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Managed service support ^

With many successful implementations as well as multi phased projects (post-go-live), Arribatec have an intimate understanding of the recurring need to have an agile solution. We provide a managed service that not only includes the break/fix support, but also allows for further development of the existing live solution.

We are flexible and we are happy to discuss an arrangement that works for you. We will work with you to find a wide-ranging support package, however small.

Upgrades ^

Having undertaken successful upgrades first-hand as a Unit4 Business World customer as well as having helped various customers through their implementations, our consultants are happy to share their experience in what made them successful and, in any capacity be that technical, functional or procedural.

Reporting ^

Reinvent your reporting by exploiting the highly effective method our consultants use for capturing and manipulating data. Irrespective of whether your requirement is management or operational reporting, browser, Excel or PDF, if the requirement is a new report or a refurbishment of a popular but now aged report, we are focused on working with you to enable reporting that is both real-time and dynamic.

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Customisation and Workflow Improvements ^

Are you expected to capture information about ethics or risks associated with a project? Or perhaps you would like more of an overview of the grant’s life cycle for reporting? Maybe you need to link your contracts to the project? Whatever the adaptation, we can help.

Our consultants are skilled in the complexities of research-based approvals and believe they have seen all the exceptions; we challenge you to surprise them with something new.

With Arribatec SolaaS, RCP services can now be delivered fully implemented and integrated as a service for a fixed monthly price ^

Integration: RCP to PCB Interface ^

This particular area requires careful consideration and is not something well traversed throughout the industry. Our proven success with this integration is derived from a competent technical skillset combined with a deep understanding of RCP at its core, structural level.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in seeing your budget end-to-end with proven auditable success. Reference sites can be provided upon request.

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RCP web service consumption ^

Looking to import resource and salary data that requires no modification for RCP use? Want to import Funder information? Or perhaps it’s both; RCP can handle it. 

Using a combination of two Business World APIs delivered out of the box, XML-based data can be consumed and configured for RCP use. Typically using middleware (e.g. BizTalk), it is possible to configure output from your financial or HR system and import directly to RCP.

  • Personnel (record) information
  • Academic salary
  • Non-academic salary
  • Salary increments
  • Funder/Customer (record) information

Comprehensive Training for Unit4 RCP ^

We offer a comprehensive suite of training for RCP that includes all the knowledge transfer sessions that you will need to manage the ongoing maintenance of the critical data within your system. Some of the popular choices are, but are not limited to:

  • Salary Files
  • Funder and Funder Scheme Maintenance
  • Additional Rates Maintenance

Our objective in this task is to fully equip your Superuser with all the required skills to create an excellent System Administrator for the RCP module. We also offer training on how to set up and run RCP-based UAT sessions. Institutions typically choose this to provide a successful testing phase that can accommodate the positive outcome of the Go-Live decision.

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TRAC methodology

Transparent approach to costing.

A methodology based on academic culture used throughout higher education in the UK to help institutions find the costs of their activities.

FEC methodology

Full financial cost.

Referred to in the first section of this page, the FEC is a methodology used throughout UK higher education by institutions undertaking research, which calculates the true/total cost of research to an institution.

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Unit4 RCP ^

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