UKRI confirms COVID-19 grant extension allocation to ensure crucial world-leading research -

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced deployment of £180 million of funding for organisations to sustain UKRI grant-funded research and fellowships affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of a wider package announced by the Government to support the continuation of research and innovation activities. UKRI’s grant extension allocation will ensure crucial world-leading research and innovation funded by UKRI will continue tackling major environmental, medical, social and economic challenges.

UKRI will issue COVID-19 allocations to universities and organisations to support research and technical staff to realise the outcomes of their research where this has been disrupted.

Organisations will have the flexibility to target these funds towards research projects that are disrupted to ensure research can be completed. Within the framework set out by UKRI this could include supporting salaries of research and technical staff employed on grant-funded projects or supporting research infrastructure costs during the disruption.

The total investment from UKRI is £180 million. In addition, a permitted change in use for existing UKRI grant funding (for grants ending after FY2020/21) of up to £80m will give the sector further flexibility to redistribute likely grant underspends due to COVID-19 disruption.

Individual allocations to organisations will be calculated based on the value of the UKRI grants held by an organisation who’s funding finishes between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

Organisations will be contacted by UKRI in due course with details of their grant allocation.

The COVID-19 grant extension allocation will build on previously announced support including additional financial support for UKRI funded PhD students and the bringing forward by Research England of £100 million of Quality-related Research (QR) funding to eligible Higher Education Institutions in acknowledgement of the immediate pressures.

More information can be found at the page ‘guidance for the research and innovation communities’.

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