Update to UKRI start date policy for responsive mode grants

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are making a permanent change to responsive mode grants, to maintain flexible start dates introduced as response to COVID-19.

UKRI introduced a number of flexible policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One change was to allow a period of up to six months from the announced start date to commence grant activity on responsive mode grants.

In response to feedback, UKRI are now making a permanent change to its responsive mode grant awards to maintain this flexibility.

How will this be implemented

When issuing research council responsive mode grants, all grant offer letters will include a nominal starting date that is at least three months after the issue date of the grant offer.

Research organisations will be permitted to start their grants on any actual date that is later than the date of the grant offer. Up to three months later than the nominal start date.

This will provide a continuation of the six month flexibility UKRI introduced in response to COVID-19.

The change will be effective from 1 December 2022. From this date, the additional grant condition currently being applied to offer letters regarding start flexibility will cease.

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