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RDS advice to academics during COVID-19

These pages are to give up-to-date advice on research activity affected during COVID-19. The advice will be updated each time there is an official notification from funders, when Research Development and Support (RDS) operations need to change due to lockdown/tiers, and when any other useful information is published. The date of the latest updates from the funders will be shown against each funder name. This will only show the major funders that BU applies to.

Please note that as well as funder advice, there is also advice on ethics, REF, applying for funding during this time, if you are an award holder, and anything else that RDS think will be of use. If BU staff have any queries then please contact your faculty-facing RDS colleagues for advice. Please note that RDS team members are currently working from home until further notice and so please email your RDS contact rather than telephone. Thank you.


Updated by RDS: 20/7/21

Given below are links to pages giving extensive information on each of the following sections:

UK Funder news

International Funder (mainly European) news

Funding Development Team Guidance to applicants to external funding

Project Delivery Team Guidance for Principal Investigators (PIs) of Research and Knowledge Exchange Projects + Ethics Approval

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Guidance for clinical researchers – amendments to existing projects and NIHR Restart Framework