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COVID-19 message for all NIHR Academy Members

 

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There has been and continues to be a tremendous effort from NIHR Academy Members in responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic situation continues to evolve, this page provides you with key information in relation to your NIHR award including any guidance published for NIHR Academy Members in relation to the impact of COVID-19.
 
NIHR, alongside other major funders of health and care research, has published the following guidance documents which outline the principles and approach that should be followed in the scenario that you, as an NIHR Academy Member, volunteer to be redeployed to support the front-line COVID-19 response. 
 
 
We are also aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted NIHR Academy Members in a number ways in addition to the effect of redeployment on clinically qualified Members. Depending on the type of award you have, below are a number of FAQs to help clarify how NIHR can support you during the current pandemic and beyond.
 
If, having read through the FAQs and guidance documents, you have any questions please contact us via academy@nihr.ac.uk.

Personal awards 

Q - I hold an NIHR Fellowship, Professorship or HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic award and I need to pause my research to work in clinical practice, how will this affect my award?

A - Where you are redeployed this should be done in line with the guidance documents highlighted above. We will continue to make payments in line with existing payment schedules and will also extend awards where necessary. This will be managed at the end of your award. Your host organisation should also ensure funding is available from the relevant NHS organisation for the time spent in the redeployed post. Applications for additional funding to cover additional research costs because the award has been extended will be considered. Once you know the impact on the research time in your award you should contact NIHR Academy to discuss the required extension.
 
Q - The research included in my personal fellowship has had to stop or been significantly delayed due to COVID-19. Will I be able to extend my award to make up for lost research time?

A - You will be able to request an extension to your fellowship to cover any research time lost due to the impact of COVID-19. This may be due to elements of the fellowship having to pause or move to a later date. Once you know the full impact on your research and/or training you should get in touch with the NIHR Academy to discuss the next steps. Any extensions will be agreed on the assumption the fellowship can still be completed within the originally contracted budget. Requests for any additional costs will be considered on a case by case basis where the impact is on your personal development. It may make sense for your research and wider fellowship, to make significant changes to your original plans due to the impact of COVID-19, for example, if a part of your research has had to be stopped altogether and is unlikely to restart. In this case you should get in touch with the NIHR Academy to discuss any significant changes that you are planning to make. Where you are having to stop or reduce time on your research, for example due to extra clinical days/weeks, we suggest you keep a log of the changes being incurred.

IAT trainees

Q - I hold an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship or Clinical Lectureship and I am being asked to prioritise clinical duties. How should I manage this and will it affect my award?

A – Any redeployment to frontline clinical work to support the COVID-19 response should be done in line with the guidance highlighted above. This guidance has also been shared with your local IAT lead  and you should discuss with them in the first instance if you have any questions.

Infrastructure and Schools trainees

Q - I hold a training award (e.g. PhD) in the NIHR Infrastructure (e.g. Biomedical Research Centre, NIHR School) and I am being asked to prioritise clinical duties. How should I manage this and will it affect my award?
 
A - Any redeployment to frontline clinical work to support the COVID-19 response should be done in line with the guidance highlighted above. This guidance has also been shared with your local training leads and you should discuss with them in the first instance if you have any questions.

All award holders 

Q - I hold an NIHR research training award and some of my planned training, including conferences and courses, has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Am I able to reschedule these for a later date or extend my award to take account of the training I have missed?
 
A - In the first instance you should look to rearrange your training to a later date and inform NIHR of any changes through your usual channels. NIHR will cover the costs for training and conference attendance which occurs after the end of your award if these opportunities have had to move as a result of COVID-19.
 

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