Coronavirus (COVID-19)

17 Mar 2020

This note sets out information about how the British Academy is responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Information for individuals about the virus and how to protect yourself against it must be found via the official channels such as the NHS 111 service or the government’s website.

From Wednesday 18 March, the British Academy's building at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace will be closed. Staff will be working remotely and contactable by email or by phone. Anyone who has booked the Academy to hold an external event should contact 10-11 Carlton House Terrace directly to discuss.

Events at the British Academy

We have cancelled public events and conferences up to the end of May. Members of the public who have bought a ticket for an event that is cancelled will receive a refund and will be contacted directly about this.

British Academy Applicants for Funding and Award-Holders

The British Academy Flexi-Grant system is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. The deadlines for currently open calls: Newton International Fellowships, the Jordan-UK El Hassan bin Talal Research Chair in Sustainability and the various Knowledge Frontiers symposia remain in force and applicants should submit their applications through Flexi-Grant in the normal way.

We encourage award-holders to investigate, where necessary, all possible alternative ways of continuing to progress their research. However, we understand that the outbreak may impact on the activities associated with some awards and will treat all requests for no-cost extensions to awards and requests for virement of funding between cost headings sympathetically. These should be requested in the usual way, by contacting the British Academy at the email contacts given below and by completing a change request form in the British Academy / FlexiGrant system. If you have been unable to recover costs from a travel operator or insurance, costs can be charged to grants. Grants often end with an underspend and we expect award-holders to be able to absorb these costs through this and other re-arrangements in their budgets.

Applicants who need assistance should contact  [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected] depending on the scheme.

Award-holders can also access the Change Request Forms via the Application Portal under Available Grants and should use the same contacts if they need to discuss their cases before submitting the change request.

Last updated 17 March 2020

Contact the press office

For further information contact the Press Office on [email protected]  / 07500 010 432.

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