13 July 2020 - update
UKRI to switch over its COVID-19 open call to JeS and IFS
The application process for UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) COVID-19 open call will change on 31 July 2020. After this date, instead of submitting a proposal via email, researchers and businesses must apply via UKRI’s online submission systems, the Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) and the Innovation Funding Service (IFS), respectively. UKRI is advising any researchers and businesses to check their access to these systems and register before 31 July. Applicants will not be able to submit proposals via email after this date.
As the pandemic has progressed, the nature of the research questions that need to be addressed has evolved - while some projects still require urgent action, others can be addressed with less urgency. UKRI is therefore moving to a new way of managing proposals to its COVID-19 open call.
Proposals continue to be accepted on a rolling open basis.
More information here
UKRI-funded research projects and other awards related to COVID-19 (Excel, 876KB)
9th July 2020 - update
COVID-19 ethics support for researchers and innovators
UKRI remains committed to supporting ethical research and responsible innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organisation, UNESCO and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, for example, have produced bespoke ethics guidance on adapting to emergency contexts. There are also accelerated ethics approval processes for researchers working during emergencies.
Key resources and guidance:
- Nuffield Council on Bioethics – COVID-19 ethics resources
- The Global Health Network – epidemics ethics resources
- Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Research in global health emergencies: ethical issues
- World Health Organization: Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease. World Health Organization website. Published October 27, 2016.
- Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences – International ethical guidelines for health-related research involving humans (PDF)
- NHS Health Research Authority - COVID-19 research
- MHRA regulatory flexibilities resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NC3Rs and the 3Rs during COVID-19
- UKCDR: Safeguarding during COVID-19
- BBSRC policies page
- EPSRC ethics pages
- ESRC ethics pages
- Innovate UK responsible innovation guide
- MRC ethics pages
- MRC Regulatory Support Unit
- NERC policy pages
27th June 2020 - update
UKRI COVID-19 Grant Extension Allocation
UK Research and Innovation has announced it will deploy £180 million of funding for organisations to sustain UKRI grant-funded research and fellowships affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see news story.
To see a summary of the policy please see here (PDF, 128KB).
Further clarification on the new policy is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 655KB).
For a copy of the equality impact assessment please see here (PDF, 745KB).
Please see the template for the Governance Plan (Word, 46KB) – you must complete and submit the Governance Plan within 28 days after the receipt of the Offer Letter.
Please see the Terms and Conditions here (PDF, 122KB).
Open letter to the research and innovation community
In this letter, Professor Sir Mark Walport gives a further update on what UKRI is doing to support the UK research and innovation system during and after the pandemic.
In recent weeks the government has published details of a package of measures to support students and the higher education sector, including guidance on the use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in Higher Education Institutions. This recognises the complexity of funding and clarifies how institutions should be using the scheme. You can find the relevant guidance here. It’s worth noting that researchers who continue to be paid through UKRI grants-funded research cannot also be supported through the furlough scheme.
Further support will come through Research England, part of UKRI, which will bring forward £100 million of Quality Research (QR) funding to eligible institutions. UKRI is also part of the government’s university research sustainability taskforce that is examining how best to respond to the challenges for the sector resulting from COVID-19.
The government wants to understand how the pandemic is having an impact on researchers and research groups. We are supporting, alongside Universities UK, a survey run by Vitae to help gather evidence to inform policy considerations. You can access the survey here before the closing date of 9th June.
In the meantime, UKRI is providing 6-month costed extensions for UKRI funded PhD students in their final year. For those students not in their final year, our guidance is that costed extensions should be considered on a case by case basis. I encourage all UKRI students to talk to their supervisors or programmes about whether they need to adjust or amend their project to ensure they can complete their PhD. We have tried to minimise paperwork, balancing the student’s needs against the need to account for the public money being provided.
For more information click here.
24 April 2020 update:
Open letter to the research and innovation community
An open letter to the research and innovation community, from Professor Sir Mark Walport.
Open Letter to UKRI Students
The following letter is for doctoral students at UKRI research council programmes. It will also be of interest to training grant holders, research organisations, and co-funding partners.
UPDATED May 5: Guidance for the research and innovation communities
The ongoing situation regarding coronavirus has significantly impacted the research and innovation community. The nature of these impacts will evolve and increase over the coming weeks and months.
22 April 2020
International development research funders publish guidance to anticipate, mitigate and address harm in research
On behalf of major funders of international development research, UK Collaborative for Development Research (UKCDR) has published best practice guidance to prevent and tackle harm and abuse across the international development research sector in general as well as in emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 April 2020
UKRI plays a key role in billion-pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is playing a key role in a £1.25 billion government support package announced by the Chancellor today (Monday 20 April) for UK businesses driving innovation and development.
Update on 3 April 2020
UKRI recognises that the current situation may present additional challenges to those intending to apply. To help with that, the deadlines on all open funding opportunities will be extended to give applicants more time to submit their applications. These extensions will be managed on a case by case basis. 'No-cost' extension requests to grants impacted by coronavirus will be allowed.
Please refer to the call guidance documentation or contact specific councils for more information. Calls already extended will be revised regularly and, if necessary, extended further. In exceptional circumstances, calls may be reopened.
Follow this link for a list of all open and coming calls with their current deadlines and their extensions:
Calls April - May (PDF, 103KB)
For Innovate UK or Research England funding please visit their webpages for more information.
Update on 31st March 2020
UKRI Coronavirus Hub
This link provides you with all the latest information from UKRI in response to Covid-19. https://www.ukri.org/research/coronavirus/
Open Call for Research and Innovation Ideas to address Covid-19
Following Sir Mark Walport’s recent open letter to the Research and Innovation community, a call is now open inviting proposals for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please see https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/ukri-open-call-for-research-and-innovation-ideas-to-address-covid-19/
Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI Supported Research
For guidance on the Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI Supported research, please see here: https://www.ukri.org/news/coronavirus-impact-on-ukri-supported-research/. It would be useful to refer back to this and the UKRI Coronavirus Hub for further updates as the situation evolves.
EPSRC is aware of the impact that the current crisis is having on applicants’ ability to respond to existing and future funding opportunities. In line with UKRI communications, EPSRC is looking at all its current calls and where possible will be looking to extend the call deadlines. Where there are constraints around financial profiles we are seeking further guidance and advice.
EPSRC and UKRI councils have also had many queries regarding Costed Extensions. We understand the pressures research institutions and individuals are facing, and are sympathetic to the need for further guidance around costed grant extensions. We are keen to hear from the sector to understand the wider issues and priorities you are facing. We are working closely with colleagues in government to provide further clarification on this issue as a matter of urgency.
COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database
Over the past few weeks, Parliament has seen a surge in need for access to research expertise as it engages with the COVID-19 outbreak. In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts. Parliament and Parliamentarians use these insights to help carry out their function effectively; that is to say, to represent the people, scrutinise the Government, debate important and pressing issues and pass legislation.
To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database. Signing up does not commit you to contributing in anyway, it’s simply so that Parliament has your details to hand and can contact you very rapidly; if they contact you and you aren’t able to respond, they will fully understand.
A link to the sign-up form can be found here.
Other: Infrastructure Advisory Committee Call for Members
We wanted to ensure you were aware that an Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC) Call for Members went live on Monday. As you may know, UKRI are seeking up to three additional, external members to join a new committee which will provide advice and guidance on long term infrastructure investment priorities and prioritisation of investments. To apply, candidates should submit a CV and either a statement of interest in the role, or short covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 on Sunday 24 May.
Further information can be found in our recruitment pack which is available for download from the UKRI Infrastructure webpage. Please feel free to circulate this link to anyone you think may be interested in applying or forwarding this onto their networks. We will also be promoting the call for members on social media from @UKRI_News using #infrastructures and would be grateful for your support in the form of shares and retweets to help us attract a broad range of applicants. For further information, please contact email@example.com
UKRI’s office-based staff are being advised to work from home where possible. If you need to contact a member of its teams please do so via email and/or mobile phones in the usual way. If you were due to visit one of UKRI's office locations, institutes/research establishments or Catapult for a pre-arranged meeting, please contact the relevant team before setting off.
UKRI has contingency plans in place to prioritise its core operations but there will inevitably be some disruption.
UKRI is working to understand the nature of any impacts on its funded projects to ensure the appropriate support or advice is in place via its Councils and grants teams. This work is ongoing.
UKRI is taking a very pragmatic approach. For instance, where travel is impacted, if researchers or students cannot travel due to government/official advice, or it poses a risk to the individual (due to an underlying medical condition etc), this can be charged to the grant in line with any other cost. If that cost cannot be absorbed by any overall underspend on the grant then UKRI will cover that small addition. In the same circumstances, no cost extension requests to grants would be allowed.
MRC update- for funded researchers regarding the coronavirus situation
18 March 2020
Message from MRC Executive Chair, Fiona Watt
As MRC Executive Chair, I would like to reassure you that we are well aware that there may be delays in your grant expenditure or that you may incur additional costs. We will deal with these as sympathetically and flexibly as possible.
Some MRC researchers may need to prioritise other activities, for example deployment in the NHS, and we are, of course, very happy to consider requests that grants are held in abeyance or have a no-cost extension. If you have any queries about these matters please e-mail our grants team (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will do our best to keep our funding panels operational over the next few months and would really appreciate it if you can rally round to help make this happen by helping with our review processes if asked. Also please take care of one another – individual researchers may be anxious about delays in their projects or may be far from home.