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21 May 2020

NIHR publishes a framework for restarting research paused due to COVID-19

Introduced by

National Institute for Health Research

Targeted at

Researchers

Timings

Published on 21 May 2020. On 19 March 2020, National Institute for Health Research had paused the set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS or social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies

Stated aims

To guide the restarting of National Institute for Health Research research activities that have been paused due to COVID-19

Summary

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) publishes a framework to guide the restarting of NIHR research activities that have been paused due to COVID-19. The aims of the framework are to guide:

  • the restart of paused NIHR research that was underway in the health and care system prior to the COVID-19 ‘surge’
  • the commencement of ‘new’ NIHR research
  • the prioritisation of resources in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) and NIHR infrastructure more broadly.

The framework sets out guiding principles, preconditions, study prioritisation, and local and national roles in implementing this ‘Restart Framework’.

Source(s)

NIHR paper – framework for restarting research activities

NIHR news – supporting the restart of paused NIHR research activities