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UL funding award for research affected by COVID-19

UL Cost Extensions for research disrupted by Covid-19

Call for applications

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, through the Higher Education Authority (HEA), has provided funding to higher education institutions to cover costed extensions for certain research activities that are at risk because of interruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The HEA cost extension budget provides funding for additional payments (salary or stipend) to be made, in exceptional cases, to research projects that are not wholly funded by private sector sources, that were active on 12th March 2020, and where activity was interrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis. Full details on the eligibility criteria can be found in the accompanying guidance document.

Research students and contract research staff whose research has been interrupted by the pandemic may apply for an extension of their studentship or contract under this programme. This initial call for applications is for research students and contract research staff who are due to complete their studies/employment on or before 28 February 2021.

A link to the online application form is provided below. This form should be completed by the research student / member of contract research staff, in consultation with their supervisor / line manager.

The deadline for completion of applications is 17:00, 9th November 2020.


Queries regarding the scheme should be directed to

Responses to queries will be addressed through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link on this site.


Additional Information

Online application form

Signature Page for Uploading with application form

Guidance document

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)