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Statement for researchers on COVID 19

We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our research community and that there will likely be significant impacts on research activities. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is closely monitoring developments relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking note of government guidance.

Last updated: 13 May 2020

This statement has been revised to reflect our updated position on changes to grants. If your grant has been paused or significantly delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please let us know as soon as possible. 

If all other avenues of support have been explored, we are considering offering support to Cystic Fibrosis Trust funded PhD students who are due to complete before April 2022 (more detail below).

We are aware that your work may be paused or delayed during this time and that researchers may also need to prioritise other activities, for example deployment in the NHS. We aim to be as supportive as possible of mitigations you may need to put in place to minimise the impact on your research, which may include reordering work packages, delaying recruitment and remote working.

The Trust remains committed to supporting a dynamic research portfolio. However, we recognise that we may need to be flexible, depending on our ability to fundraise in a challenging environment and alongside an increased demand for support from the CF community we support.

Changes to grants

Like all charities, we are facing uncertain times and ask that you therefore take full advantage of the support packages put in place and offered by your institution, insurance or other Government financial support initiatives.

We will endeavour to be as flexible as possible with regard to no cost changes to your grants such as no-cost extensions, underspend and virements; however, we will require notification to formally confirm the agreement.

We may consider costed-extension to projects which have been paused, partially paused or where research has been significantly disrupted, where costs are not available from elsewhere, but these decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you are likely to make a request for a costed extension.

We will be monitoring the impact of the virus through your progress reports and may require additional information from you about any potential impact on your grant. We will provide further updates, as necessary, as the situation evolves.

Support for CF Trust-funded PhD students

If we’re funding a PhD student in your lab who is due to complete their studies before April 2021 and their research has been paused or severely disrupted, we may consider providing up to 6 months costed extension to cover their stipend. We must have been informed previously of their research being paused or disrupted and we expect that all alternative support mechanisms, such as their eligibility for the Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, have been considered by their institution.

If we’re funding a PhD student in your lab who is due to complete between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 and their research has been paused or severely disrupted, we may consider providing up to 3 months costed extension to cover their stipend. We must have been informed previously of their research being paused or disrupted and we expect that all alternative support mechanisms, such as their eligibility for the Government <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care>Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme</a>, have been considered by their institution.</span></span></p> <p>If you have any queries about these matters please e-mail our grants team on </span><a href=" style="font-weight: lighter;">researchgrants@cysticfibrosis.org.uk .

Applying for funding

Recognising the impact that the current situation is having across the research community, we have decided to extend the deadline for expressions of interest for our current Strategic Research Centre (SRC) call to mid-June 2020. We hope that we will be able to maintain the other key time-points for this call but will be keeping these under continuous review. Please see our SRC page for further details of the application process or contact the Research Team if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

Our Venture and Innovation Award scheme remains open. We would like to encourage applications relating to COVID-19 and cystic fibrosis.

If you have any queries about these matters please e-mail our grants team on researchgrants@cysticfibrosis.org.uk

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