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

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) and Vitae, supported by UKRI and Universities UK, to evidence and understand the implications of COVID-19 on the activities of researchers and research groups.

Within this, CRAC/Vitae is running an online survey to record the experiences of researchers to understand the ways that the pandemic and mitigating strategies, such as social distancing, are impacting on their work.

This evidence will inform BEIS’s consideration and design of potential interventions to help protect researchers, research institutions and facilities, and in the longer term reinforce the research base and sustain research and innovation activity in the UK.  

All researchers employed in UK universities, research institutes, charities and companies are invited to respond to the survey. The survey organisers are particularly interested to hear from principal investigators and leaders of research groups.

You can access the survey here, the deadline to respond is Tuesday 9 June 2020.

The organisers would be very grateful if respondents could forward the survey link on to researchers in your organisation to ensure that they receive as many responses as possible.

If you need further information about the survey or this project, contact Janet Metcalfe at Vitae.