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Understand the full economic cost of research to your institution

UBW Research, Costing & Pricing (RCP) is a system developed by Unit4 to calculate the true cost of research to an institution. RCP adheres to the principles of FEC and in accordance with TRAC methodology, used throughout higher education to help institutions estimate cost of activities and decide application grants.

When undertaking research – whether that be within Higher Education or not – careful consideration is given as to whether the funder is going to finance 100% of the costs to the organization. Costs such as: staff costs, non-staff costs, student costs, estates and facility costs, indirects and overheads.

The solutions we deliver for RCP are driven by you and backed by our experience with one objective, to deliver a solution that encompasses control and transparency with your budget end-to-end while increasing efficiency due to significant savings on time.

RCP is designed by Oxford University in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, with universities and non profit institutions in mind, but can benefit any business that receives fund applications.

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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 that you will not find elsewhere.


UBW RCP delivered as SaaS or SolaaS

Research Costing & Pricing is offered as both SaaS and SolaaS. With Arribatec SolaaS, RCP services can now be delivered fully implemented and integrated as a service at a fixed monthly price.

Arribatec UBW RCP Services ^

With two founding specialists of RCP having turned consultants for Arribatec, we aim to assist Unit4 in delivering an outstanding level of service for Research Costing & Pricing. Helping to enable you with increased control of your budget for Research, integrate RCP with the rest of your Unit4 ERP solution now! Testimonies can be provided upon request.

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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 not only work collaboratively with you to ensure successful completion of each project phase, but deliver effective knowledge transfer that also allows substantial time for a comprehensive support transition.

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.


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.

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Customization & Workflow Enhancements

Expected to capture Ethics or Risk information relating to a project? Or perhaps you want more of an overview of the lifecycle of the grant for reporting? Maybe you need to attach your Contracts to the project. Whatever the customization, we can help.

Proficient in the complexities of Research based approvals, our Consultants think they have seen every exception, we challenge you to surprise them with something new!

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


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.

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 HR and/or Financial system and import direct 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 on-going maintenance of the key data within your system. Some of the popular choices are, but 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 setup and run RCP based UAT sessions. This is typically chosen by institutions to provide a successful testing phase that can accommodate the positive outcome of the Go-Live decision.

  • TRAC

    .circa 2000

    Transparent Approach to Costing

    A methodology based around academic culture and so, used throughout Higher Education in the UK to aid Institutions find the cost of their activities.


  • FEC

    .circa 2004-2005

    Full Economic Cost

    Referred to in the first section of this page, FEC is a methodology used throughout Higher Education in the UK at Institutions that undertake research, that calculates the true (ie, total) cost of research to an Institution.