Find the latest updates about the AISSR processes on Covid-related damages and delays on this page. We are very aware that our staff continues to be affected by Covid-related disruptions and anxieties. If you have any questions about the content, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Latest updates: 21 January 2021.
We are writing to update you on the way in which Covid-19 related damages to your externally funded projects will be handled in the months to come. Please note that this process concerns externally funded projects only (2e/3e geldstroom) and does not apply to 1st money stream projects and PhDs, nor to external PhD projects.
PIs of externally funded projects have been invited to report Covid-related damages and delays to their Project controllers twice: in May and December 2020 (‘Inventarisatie impact Covid-19 op onderzoeksprojecten’). Many of you have faithfully and prudently reported damages and outlined the ways in which you are looking for alternatives in your project design, methods and budgets – for which many thanks.
On the basis of these reports, the projectenbureau has now finalized a list of damages which we as AISSR have approved. Concretely, this means that budgets are being reserved for covering the damages, but not necessarily that all damages will be covered as reported. As projects develop and get nearer to their end dates, actual damages may prove to be (slightly) different than reported.
Concretely, this means:
Please note that no-one has a right to compensation, so far the Faculty and AISSR are taking the initiative to compensate delays (though small budgets from CvB and NWO are expected). We will continue to look for ways to mitigate the impact of the crisis on projects and on the well-being of researchers.
And finally: academic work and practice for all career stages is still far from normal. Many of us are still struggling with disrupted work schedules and home schooling. Please know that AISSR will continue to take this into account, and that productivity levels are not expected to continue as normal.
For questions about your project or project damages, please contact your programme manager.
For questions about the AISSR Covid seminar series (or to volunteer as speaker), please contact Lotte Batelaan.
We are writing with an update about the AISSR processes on Covid-related damages and delays to your project. We are very aware that you continue to be affected by Covid-related disruptions and anxieties. Many of you are facing further delays to fieldwork and other research processes. Some are struggling with home-schooling. It is also possible that your supervisors are less available while they struggle with their own workloads, disrupted schedules and having their kids at home due to closed schools and daycare.
Although there are still uncertainties about the financial budgets to deal with these delays, we would like to update on the following:
If you work within an externally funded project (NWO, ERC, EU, etc), delays and damages have been reported in the Covid-questionnaires via Principal Investigators. AISSR has reserved budgets to cover these damages. Financing will become available if and when needed at the end of your project or contract. Your supervisor and/or PI can get in touch with the AISSR programme manager 4-5 months before the end date of contracts or projects, so that extensions can be realized where needed. If you are unsure about how your delays have been reported in the Covid questionnaire, please ask your supervisor or PI/project leaders. If new delays are incurred in 2021, it remains possible to report these via the programme managers.
If you do not work within a project but are a ‘First money stream’ or ‘external PhD’ (including PhDs on a bursary/ scholarship), please continue to report your delays and concerns to your supervisors and programme group leaders. We will re-examine the Covid damages reports made in April and also conduct a new inventory of project delays via programme group leaders. (Modest) budgets are available to cover damages and support projects in need.
If you need support in other ways (for example an extension of the deadline of the 8-month paper) you can contact PhD coordinator Lotte Batelaan. If you are in need of necessities for your home office, you can request this at the departmental secretariats.
In many cases, it is important to continue looking for alternatives, and to rethink, together with your supervisory team, your research methods and design in creative ways. In some cases, it is just not viable to keep pushing fieldwork forward, as the shape of post-Corona travel is still very uncertain. We know that this redesigning is already happening in positive and creative ways across many projects. In order to support you in designing ways forward, AISSR is in the process of planning a mini-seminar series on research in times of Covid, to offer space for discussion and best practice examples.
For questions about your project or project damages, please contact your supervisor or project leaders.