President's response to Government measures to mitigate impact of COVID-19 on research

On 27 June, the Government announced two support packages designed to provide job security for researchers and to stabilise the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Institutions. 

In response to this announcement Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci said:

“This package will provide hugely welcome relief to a sector that has been gravely impacted by COVID-19. The measures will help to provide much needed certainty to individuals and universities, protecting jobs and ensuring that life-saving medical research can continue.

“Medical research has played a vital role in helping us understand and respond to this virus and will be equally important as we emerge from lockdown and must contend with the long-term health and economic impacts of the pandemic. To fulfil this role in  the long-term, the health of the whole research ecosystem must be sustained and this will require continued investment and support.

“These announcements rightly point out the vital role of medical research charities in supporting research in our disciplines. I hope that they will be a precursor to additional support for the charities which have been hit by enormous drops in fundraising income that will restrict their ability to fund research for years to come.”


The Academy will provide further information on the impact of this announcement on our awards in due course. To find out more about how we are already supporting biomedical nd health researchers, please visit out COVID-19 career support space.

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