The well-being of our grant holders and those with whom you work is very important to us.

We would not wish for you or your project team to be exposed to any unnecessary risk and we are acutely aware that many of your projects involve working directly with older people, a particularly vulnerable group.

We are aware that your work may therefore be suspended and you will not be able to complete your projects within the agreed timescales.

Research grant-holders

We wanted to reassure you that it is important to us that research staff continue to be paid. We will therefore be considering costed extensions for awards that are affected and we will work with you to review the situation when the award is nearing its currently agreed completion date, with a view to arranging such extensions.  We will be considering each situation on a case-by-case basis.  There may be work which can be done remotely or work packages re-ordered in order to keep staff working but clearly, there will be circumstances in which this will not be possible.

Please check out our more detailed guidance on the Manage My Grant page.

For grants which have not yet started, we are content for you to delay the start and any recruitment of fixed term contract staff. Please let us know if this is the case.

Community grant-holders

For our community grant-holders, we know that your ability to deliver your projects will be impaired too so again, please drop us a line or call to discuss how we can help.  We have signed up to the London Funders’ principles and are committed to being as flexible as we possibly can.

Please check out our more detailed guidance on the Manage My Grant page.

In summary – please contact your Grants Officer to discuss the options if your project is affected.

See also link to statement on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR