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19 March 2020

NIHR pauses set-up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS or social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies

Introduced by

National Institute for Health Research

Targeted at



Implemented immediately, until further notice

Stated aims

To prioritise nationally funded COVID-19 research activity. To free up NIHR-funded staff to prioritise front-line care


The pause means that staff will be freed up to work on COVID-19 research projects and to work in clinical settings.


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