Lucre - The University's Costing Package


Lucre is the University of Leicester software that costs all research applications. When a PI begins to conceive their research they instigate a request to cost the staff required to do the work. A representative within the department then checks that all is well at a departmental level and helps to develop the costing where appropriate. They then submit the costing to the Research Support Office who check that the funder and University rules are being met. Once approved electronically, an approval form is generated that must be signed  by the applicants, the Head of Department and then centrally before the application can be submitted.

How do I get Lucre?

Lucre is written using SAP coding and so SAP is required to run the program. SAP is the system the University uses for most of its administrative processes such as Payroll, HR and Research Awards. 

If you have migrated to Windows 7 you will see SAP has also been upgraded, here is a screen shot of how to find Lucre in SAP for Windows 7 users

Please get in touch with your departmental Lucre representative to check if you have been registered. If not you will need to fill in a SAP registration form that can be found on the ITS webpages (PDF)

Once IT Services has registered you they will send you an e-mail with your details.

In order to access the system you will need the SAP Software to be installed on your University (CFS) computer. Instructions on how to do this are on the ITS website (PDF). If you need assistance, please contact your department's IT/ Computer Officer, or alternatively contact IT Services Helpdesk via e-mail

Once SAP is installed on your PC, you will be able to log into SAP using the your CFS account details and temporary password as supplied when the account was created:

Please note, you will be asked to assign your own password the first time you log into the system.

Once logged in, you will be able to access the Costing System via the Favourite Link 'Research Project Costing System'

or alternatively under the following SAP menu path:

User Menu for ....

> Accounting

    > Public Sector Management

        > Grants Management

            > Research Project Costing

                > Research Project Costing Application

If you are a member of staff who already has SAP

You still need to be given permission by the SAP team to use the Lucre system, please email or telephone ext 2253 and explain your situation and explain your situation.


There are training events held centrally -

Visit our Training Page to find out the next available training dates. If it is more convenient for a department to arrange a training day when they know most people will be able to attend, call David Downton on 5272 to arrange.

There are also page by page online tutorials which can be accessed by clicking on the button at the top right of the relevant Lucre page.

There are training notes (word doc 1.06mb) available. 

If you have any queries regarding Lucre e mail

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Who to contact

Research Support Services Contact details

Tel - (0116) 252 2437 or (0116) 229 7763

Fax - (0116) 252 2028

E mail -