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Covid19 Funder Guidance


British Council
The British Council is currently reviewing projects on a case by case basis. Researchers should contact general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org regarding their project.


Burdett Trust for Nursing
The Burdett Nursing Trust is committed to supporting grant recipients through this period. They are aware that project work will likely incur delays, and are aiming to be flexible. The trust will be in touch with all current grant holders over the summer for an update.


Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Current Grant Recipients – The Carnegie Trust is looking to take a sympathetic and pragmatic approach to requests for reasonable changes to research budgets. No-cost time extensions are being granted. Carnegie is advising that there is no need for researchers to contact them at this time, but that grant holders should get in touch when they have greater certainty over when the research can resume/start.

March 2020 Applicants – March RIG applications are still being reviewed with the aim to reach decisions by the end of June 2020. This may be delayed if the current situation impacts the peer review process. Applicants will be informed of delays, and projects will be permitted to delay their start as necessary.


ConFor Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd
Work funded by the ConFor is to be dealt with on a case by case basis. All work deemed non-essential is to be undertaken remotely if possible. Contact the commission for confirmation regarding your project here.


CSIC Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
CSIC remain open and are focusing on minimising disruption to delivery of funded projects. They will be using digital and online technology to allow continuing collaboration. If you have a funded project you are recommended to contact your Innovation Manager for support in continuing the project. Alternatively you can contact hello@cs-ic.org for support.


CSO Chief Scientists Office
In order to protect the safety of participants and allow clinical research staff to support the NHS, CSO recognises much funded health research will need to be paused or changed. They recommend Principal investigators to consider the impact of the current situation on their research, and to follow the advice of their research sponsor organisation.

CSO will honour research grants and fellowship awards that are paused. Principal Investigators should work with their grant holding institution to consider and make adjustments to plans as appropriate. Grant holders are encouraged to contact their relevant CSO manager.

Prioritisation will be given to research relating to COVID-19 response.

CSO has suspended the two response mode committees. Applications already made will be considered at December 2020 committee meetings. The June 2020 deadline for new outline applications will no longer apply, the next deadline will now be 8th January 2021.


DHI Digital Health Institute
DHI is prioritising applications for research projects to assist with COVID-19 response. Each funding stream has different requirements, and full information can be found on their website here.


All outdoor activities and events involving international travel have been cancelled. If indoor events and activities cannot be carried out via online alternatives they will be cancelled or postponed until later in the year. Please contact hello@earthwatch.org.uk for specific guidance on your project.


EC European Commission
The European Commission is offering as much flexibility where possible for Horizon 2020 bids. Information on extended deadlines for applications can be found here. FAQ’s addressing specific aspects of the COVID-19 situation, including extensions, funding implications, and deliverables can he found here.


Forestry Commission Scotland
The Forestry Commission Scotland is focusing on prioritising key activities. Funded researchers should contact Scottish.forestry@forestry.gov.scot for clarification regarding their project.


Historic Environment Scotland
For consents and advice on development proposals that affect the historic environment, please contact hmenquiries@hes.scot

Please complete the HES survey, open until April 30th on the impact of Covid19.


Innovate UK
Innovate UK has business continuity measures in place and is continuing to operate.

If you have any concerns or potential challenges around your financial position, particularly cashflow issues, we recommend you speak with your investors and your bank.


MRS Medical Research Scotland
Cancellation of Vacation Scholarships in 2020. The advice to PhD students and supervisors, and to Daphne Jackson Trust Fellows remains as it was before. We advise all our researchers to take the advice given by their Universities and the Government.


NIHR National Institute for Health Research
On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is funding and helping to deliver a range of “rapid response” research to better understand and tackle COVID-19, including research into vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests, and real-time collection of samples and data from people undergoing treatment in hospitals. We are doing this in close cooperation with Public Health England, UK Research & Innovation, the Health Research Authority and others.

Contact detials are available at the bottom of the page here.


Nuffield Foundation
The Nuffield Foundation is now operating as a virtual organisation and working as close to normal as possible.

Read their Covid19 statement on working with grant holders.


RSE Royal Society of Edinburgh
The RSE is aware that as a consequence of the current COVID-19 outbreak, holders of RSE research awards may need to cancel activities, such as planned visits, workshops and events, or reschedule them to a later date. Upcoming funding calls – including application deadlines, shortlisting, interview and decision dates – will proceed as normal. Any changes to these dates will be updated on their Funding and Awards page


SFC Scottish Funding Council
This web page provides links to websites where colleges and universities can find advice on what the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is; who is at risk; what you can do to prevent infection; advice on travel; education specific information; and more general information on the Scottish Government’s response.


SICSA The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak all forthcoming SICSA sponsored events have been postponed. Event details continue to be displayed on our web-site and we will obviously update these as and when the circumstances change.

If you have any questions about SICSA activities at this time please email admin@sicsa.ac.uk.


SIPR Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Keep up to date with the SIPR response to Covid19 via their Twitter feed.


UKRI - UK Research and Innovation
The ongoing situation regarding coronavirus has significantly impacted the research and innovation community. The nature of these impacts is evolving. Wherever we can we are taking quick decisions, identifying new issues as they emerge and providing answers and support wherever possible.

This page contains the latest information for our supported researchers and innovators and is updated on a regular basis.