Welsh Government

SoECAT – what it is and what it means to you

20 December 2018

What is SoECAT?

The Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) captures and calculates the different activities and costs associated with clinical research in a standardised and consistent way.

From 1 October 2018, all researchers applying for clinical research grants need to complete a SoECAT as part of the grant application process, in order to be eligible for the Health and Care Research Wales and NIHR portfolios and the support this provides.

Who needs to complete a SoECAT?

  • If you are the lead applicant for the research
  • you will carry out your research in the UK
  • your research will use NHS resources
  • you’re completing a full application for a funding scheme round that opened after 1 October 2018

You must complete a SoECAT even if you don't think your clinical research will involve excess treatment costs (ETCs).

As part of the HRA/Health and Care Research Wales approvals process a SoECAT can be submitted instead of a Schedule of Events.

Completing a SoECAT form

These are the steps you need to take when you apply for a grant from portfolio eligible funders.

  • Complete a SoECAT as early as possible in the grant application process
  • Get your SoECAT signed off by an AcoRD specialist. You need to submit your completed SoECAT to an AcoRD specialist at least 10 days before the grant deadline. The AcoRD specialists cannot be held accountable for any delays for late submissions.

What support is available to help me complete the SoECAT?

Please see the frequently asked questions which covers AcoRD and SoECAT here.

Contact the AcoRD specialists for support if required:

Or contact research-fundingsupport@wales.nhs.uk for more information

What are the benefits?

The SoECAT has a positive impact for researchers in Wales by ensuring a consistent approach in applying AcoRD across Wales and the UK and allowing Welsh-led researchers easier access to ETCs in England and Wales.

In Wales, the completion of a SoECAT replaces the need for submitting separate applications for site level Excess Treatment Costs and Support Costs for primary care, public health and emergency care.