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Research Operations Office


Published on Fri, 15/05/2020 - 16:58

Innovate have created a fast track process to facilitate “no cost” time extension requests of up to three months for reasons relating to COVID-19, subject to a valid business case and normal legal and compliance requirements.  They recognise that some projects are currently not eligible to be considered for extensions, for example Smart programmes and those that have hard budget deadlines, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). These projects will now be able to submit Project Change Requests (PCRs) for extensions of up to three months for reasons relating to COVID-19, in line with all other Innovate UK projects.

In cases where it is unclear how to proceed, the Lead Partner will make a request to the Monitoring Officer who submits an extension on their behalf. Once approval has been given, the Monitoring Officer will update the Lead Partner. The notification of the no cost time extension will be sent by email and Innovate UK will not be providing a formal letter. Please forward the original approval email to ROO so that we can update your project details in CUFS and other systems. The email is important because it will also be required at Audit stage.  If you have any queries, please contact