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71% Of CRU Salaries Paid By Grants

December 2, 2011




It has been suspected for a while that Climate Research grants are a significant source of income for the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. I can now reveal, following FOI requests, just how significant they are.

During the financial year of 2010/11 CRU received £375384 of grant income for the various climate research projects listed below.



Project Description Research Grant Income 2010/11 Total Value of Award
RCUK Academic Fellowship – Modelling of Earth’s Climate 5026 125000
Identification of changing precipitation extremes 18081 154520
Climate Data and Analysis for the Study of Natural Variability and Anthropogenic Change 68726 354466
Weather Generator for daily time series from the UK 21C climate scenarios 15000 163533
The use of probabilistic climate scenarios in building environmental performance simulation 10697 53197
ARCADIA: Adaption and Resilience in Cities 51439 129023
The Dendroclimatic Divergence Phenomenon: reassessment of causes and implications for climate reconstruction 72387 231441
FREE Workshop on Downscaling of Precipitation 14255 14255
Advanced Climate Research Infrastructure for Data 119773 119773
TOTAL 375384 1345208


During the same period the total cost of salaries/associated employment costs amounted to £530700, as shown below.


Staff Category Total Cost of Salaries and Employment Costs
Academic,teaching and research 231945
Research and analogous 298755


In other words grant income covers 71% of the salary bill. Staff numbers and pay grades are also given as follows.


Staff Category Salary Grade Head Count
Academic, Teaching and Research Reader 1
Professor 2
Research and Analogous 9 1
7 5
6 1


Staff Category Grade Salary Range
Academic, Teaching and Research Reader £45336 to £57431
Professor £54133 to £125000
Research and Analogous 9 £45336 to £57431
7 £29972 to £37990
6 £23661 to £31798



According to the CRU website, the two Professors are Phil Jones and Keith Briffa and Tim Osborn is the Reader. Clare Goodess is the Research Manager with seven Research Staff working for her. (It would seem an extra body has been added to the payroll this year – perhaps they are getting more grant money!)

This all raises the question – if the grant income ceased, the CRU would have to reduce its payroll by 71%. So who would go? If the cuts were across the board, two out of Jones, Briffa and Osborn would be for the chop. And six of the eight research jobs would have to as well.

With such a vested interest, can we honestly expect any of them to come out and admit that climate change perhaps is not such a problem after all?

  1. December 2, 2011 6:41 pm

    One of the Research Staff is listed as “Ian (Harry) Harris”. His job description includes “data manipulation”!

    Sounds like he might he of “Harry Read Me” fame from Climategate 1.

  2. Mike Davis permalink
    December 3, 2011 2:42 am

    There is money missing. The University support staff also get their cut of the grant money/government supported research funds. What you have found is just the icing on the cake.

    • December 3, 2011 10:42 am

      That’s right, Mike.

      The UEA told me that they cannot give any other information on the income of the CRU, as it is an integral part of the UEA, and therefore does not have its own separate accounts. The UEA of course will receive much more.

      Then of course there is the Tyndall Centre, which works alongside the CRU and receives yet more money to promote the scam. I am working on a FOI for them now.

    • December 3, 2011 1:06 pm

      The latest figures for the Tyndall Centre are from 2009/10, when they received £2,992,205 in various grants.

  3. kim2ooo permalink
    December 4, 2011 5:23 pm

    Thank you for this information. 🙂

  4. December 6, 2011 3:21 pm


    Regarding Ian Harris:

    Great blog, I’m adding you to my links bar.

  5. December 6, 2011 8:21 pm

    And we get getting told that there is no money (for them) involved !!!

  6. Smokey permalink
    February 5, 2012 10:06 pm

    Paid with grants, eh? Something about ‘he who pays the piper’ comes to mind…

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