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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.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Eilis Ferran issued a statement on 16 March for employees of the University: https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/16032020-for-staff-pro-vice-chancellor-message-on-hr-and-wellbeing

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.

See:  https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/working-arrangements

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?

Prospects for future INT funding

The Trust is currently prioritizing support for current recipients and holders of offers of INT grants and cannot consider new requests for bridging grants which relate to the University's shut-down and other effects caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Trust also cannot at this stage make a firm commitment to holding a round of applications for research grants in Easter Term 2020, but we will keep the website up to date with news of future funding calls as prospects become clearer.  We all hope to get back to normal as soon as possible.

NB:  Unfortunately, INT is not able to consider emergency applications relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Information from the University's Research Operations Office

COVID-19: Visas and Immigration

University of Cambridge HR Compliance Team

University Information on COVID-19

UK Government Advice on COVID-19

With all good wishes,

Dr Laurie Friday - Director

COVID-19: Message from Director

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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