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Impact of Covid-19 on researchers and the UK research base


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned CRAC/Vitae, supported by UKRI and Universities UK, to gather evidence to understand the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the activities of researchers and research groups. Within this CRAC/Vitae is running an online survey to record a snapshot of experiences of researchers in terms of how the pandemic and mitigating strategies, such as social distancing, are impacting on their work. Critically we are also interested in their perceptions of the implications for them and their research teams for the months ahead. 

BEIS is undertaking this work to assess the current and expected impact of Covid-19 on research activity and the research community to inform its consideration and design of potential interventions that Government and others could make to help protect UK researchers, research institutions and facilities, and in the longer term reinforce the research base and sustain R&D activity in the UK.

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Impact of Covid-19 on researchers and the UK research base