Covid-19 and UEA Research Projects Covid-19 and UEA Research Projects

A number of new COVID-19 funding calls have been identified for research and innovation, including some rapid response calls with very short deadlines. Please see the list which will be updated as new opportunities arise. 

In these uncertain and rapidly changing times, RIN is keeping abreast of funder requirements and announcements regarding the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our externally funded projects, researchers and research participants.

For the latest UEA general campus updates please see the main Portal page: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/

Given the current risks of infection, travel disruption and pressures on emergency services, the University urges all researchers (including students) to postpone all fieldwork in any location until further notice.

Given the exceptional nature of the situation arising as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in view of the pressures on the NHS and the government guidance to follow social distancing and work from home where possible, most NHS trusts are changing the way they support research studies. As a result we advise staff to work to the below guidance for now.

Please see the external funder links below for the latest announcements about funding calls and live projects, we will add further updates and statements from additional funders as they become available:

 

PROJECTS THAT INVOLVE WORK WITH THE NHS


Given the exceptional nature of the situation arising as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in view of the pressures on the NHS and the government guidance to follow social distancing and work from home where possible, most NHS trusts are changing the way they support research studies. As a result we advise staff to work to the following guidance for now. This will be updated as the international situation evolves:

 

HRA approved studies:

  1. Critical Studies: Studies on COVID-19 or ongoing clinical studies where stopping treatment would adversely affect the participants are still being supported but UEA CIs should liaise with CTU where relevant (or their NHS sites) in relation to the effect on individual studies that might fall into this category.

  2. Non Critical Studies: non critical studies should look to move activities online (eg interviews/discussions etc) where they possibly can. Where this is not possible they should be postponed until further notice. Please see additional guidance below if your study falls into this category.

  3. Students with studies which are time critical and which cannot be moved on-line should discuss next steps with supervisors/NHS sites to consider alternative options such as secondary data collection or audit.

  4. This guidance applies to all approved NHS studies whether or not they have begun recruitment.

  5. Where relevant and following HRA guidance (below) appropriate amendments should be sought through RIN as sponsor’s representative.

Applications for HRA approval of studies

  1. In the light of the current situation, and for the foreseeable future, RIN can only review and authorise studies that work to the above principles and we strongly encourage you to consider postponement where possible.

  2. Students should discuss how best to proceed with their supervisors in the first instance with a view to considering an alternative non NHS study that can be done via an online approach or secondary data research etc. 

In relation to staff employed/to be employed on grants please follow current University guidance and those projects funded by NIHR should beware of the guidance below
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/dhsc-issues-guidance-on-the-impact-on-covid-19-on-research-funded-or-supported-by-nihr/24469

 

Additional guidance for those who need to pause their research:

You must consider whether you will require an amendment to alter your study following the HRA guidance.

You must inform your participants that the research has been paused. It will be key that in whatever communication you send to participants that you describe how any actively enrolled participants will be managed, particularly concerning any safety monitoring/follow-up etc where applicable.


Additional guidance for those who will conduct their research remotely:

  1. I have not yet begun data collection but have ethical clearance to do so. I will amend my recruitment plan to recruit and interact remotely.
    You will need to update relevant documents.
    You must consider whether you will require an amendment to alter your study following the HRA guidance

  2. I have already begun data collection and will now change to remote participant interaction.
    You will need to update relevant documents.
    You must consider whether you will require an amendment to alter your study following the HRA guidance

 

Any already active participants must be informed of the switch to remote interaction and be provided with the updated participant information sheet and any other updated documents as would be relevant. It is important that you make clear to participants that if they no longer wish to participate owing to this change, or for any other reason, that they are free to withdraw at any point.

 

HRA guidance can be found here

https://www.hra.nhs.uk/planning-and-improving-research/policies-standards-legislation/covid-19-guidance-sponsors-sites-and-researchers/

 

Research Excellence Framework 2021 - link to the current statement from the funding bodies: https://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/update-on-coronavirus-covid-19-contingency-planning/

 

Please get in touch with your usual RIN Project Officer (by email in the first instance) if you have concerns about a current application or live project. Most are working remotely at this time. If you do not get a reply, please forward your message to RIN.Reception@uea.ac.uk and your query will be redirected as soon as possible.

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