STEM and research careers

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


26/05/2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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. We ran an online survey to record a snapshot of experiences of researchers in terms of how the pandemic and mitigating strategies, such as social distancing, were impacting on their work, and obtained over 12000 responses. BEIS undertook the 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