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Centre of Excellence for Charitable Giving

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the winners of the contract to host the Centre of Excellence for Charitable Giving will also be able to bid for research work commissioned by the Centre. (155631)

The Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy is being commissioned on the basis of a published specification that identified key research areas.

A small proportion of the overall budget is currently uncommitted and has been set aside by the funders to support the commissioning of further research over the course of the centre.

It will be open to centre staff and others to bid for currently uncommitted funds, and to any additional funds secured to support appropriate further research projects.

Appropriate governance arrangements will be made to ensure that decisions on any further research supported by existing uncommitted funds, and by any additional funds secured, will be based on proposals’ scientific excellence, in line with ESRC practice.