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Isaac Newton Trust


We are exploring with the University and other major funding partners (such as the Leverhulme Trust) what possibilities exist to support our grant holders through this period of exceptional difficulty.  It seems that the various funding bodies are offering different levels of support and we hope that a more coherent approach will emerge over the next few days.

Please note that the INT is not the employer of the persons named on INT grants, even if we are making a contribution of 100% of a salary, so we shall need to collaborate with others in considering any case.  Most of ‘our’ postdoc researchers are on the University payroll.

What the University has said

Pro-Vice Chancellor Eilis Ferran issued a statement on 16 March for employees of the University:

Her main message on pay is:

All staff with University contracts will continue to be paid. This will be the case whether you are working from home, or, are at home but unable to work as normal or not at all (due to the nature of your work or caring responsibilities.)  If you become ill, you will receive sick pay.


The Vice-Chancellor has made a further statement on 7 April 2020 for employees and workers whose contracts are coming to an end within the next few months, and who are therefore faced with uncertainty or financial hardship:

‘The University Council yesterday approved a scheme to support individuals whose employment contracts and assignments ended, or are due to end, between 16 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. The Contracts Extension Scheme will support individuals who can continue their existing work by extending their contracts or assignments, on the same terms, until 31 July 2020. For individuals who cannot continue with their existing work, the University will try to find alternative work, on the same terms as their existing arrangements, until 31 July 2020. Where neither is possible, individuals will be offered a payment, which for most people will be equivalent to their usual monthly salary, until the end of July.

The scheme will be reviewed before the end of June to assess how it is working, and whether it should be extended or altered.’

What can the INT do to help?

The Isaac Newton Trust will honour all its financial commitments made up to and including the end of March 2020.

The INT stands ready to discuss amending the terms of offers affected by the closing down of University resources and restrictions on travel.  We are unlikely to arrive at a single strategy for assisting all our grant holders; your circumstances vary widely and we will have to respond to each individual according to need.

We are writing to all grant holders and those holding offers of funding to ask about your particular circumstances, for example:

  • is the funded research now impossible, or can it proceed as normal, or at a reduced level?
  • is the RA currently in post, or have you not yet recruited?
  • is the reason for the grant time-critical, or can it be postponed?

INT Easter Term 2020 Funding Round

The Trust is currently prioritizing support for current recipients and holders of offers of INT grants. If you are not a holder of a current grant, but wish to seek emergency or bridging support for a research associate whose funding ends in the near future, you should first consider whether or not the RA is eligible for a paid extension under the University’s Contract Extension Scheme, which currently takes contracts up to the end of July 2020. Please consult your Department Administrator or Research Grants Administrator.

Future INT funding calls: the Trust expects to hold a round in Michaelmas Term for new Research Projects and in March/July 2021 for Strategic Grants. See our timetable at

The INT office is now closed, but staff are working from home, so please contact us by email if you have any questions or comments.

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With all good wishes,

Dr Laurie Friday - Director

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We are exploring with the University and other major funding partners (such as the Leverhulme Trust) what possibilities exist to support our grant holders through this period of exceptional difficulty.  

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