KEI projects and coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out what to do if you think coronavirus will impact your KEI project. This guidance will be updated as new information is received.

What should I do about my department’s £10k KEI allocation?

  • If your plans have been affected by following PHE and School advice in regard to the coronavirus crisis then you can carry your £10k allocation over to 2020/21.  
  • You should still complete a brief report covering your 2019/20 activities and submit it in August 2020.
  • As we do not know how long disruption will go on for, please think about reviewing and adjusting your plans rather than postponing them. For example, moving events online where possible.  
  • If your projects involve internal or external suppliers please speak to them about the viability of going ahead, postponing or finding alternative solutions. 
  • Departments will receive a further £10k allocation for 2020/21. All funds must be spent by 31 May 2021.
  • Contact research.kei@lse.ac.uk if you have any further questions. 

How has the KEI Fund been affected?

  • If your plans have been affected by following PHE and School advice in regard to the coronavirus crisis then you can request a no-cost extension by emailing us in lieu of completing the usual extension request form.  
  • The HEIF 6 deadline of May 2021 still applies so we cannot give extensions beyond this date. The Research and Innovation Division are in touch with all external funders so we’ll let you know if anything changes. 
  • Please also let us know if you intend to refocus some of your activity. As we do not know how long disruption will go on for, please think about reviewing and adjusting your plans rather than postponing them. For example, moving events online where possible. Get in touch with the KEI Integrated Service if you'd like to discuss this further. 
  • If your projects involve internal or external suppliers please speak to them about the viability of going ahead, postponing or finding alternative solutions. 
  • We have made the difficult decision to terminate the final round of KEI Fund applications without awarding any grants. 

    In light of the continuing impact coronavirus is having across the world and the uncertainty that brings to the Higher Education funding landscape, we need to hold the available funds in reserve to support staff costs on existing KEI funded projects that have arisen as a result of the current crisis. Regrettably, that means we cannot continue with this funding round, despite the many exciting bids we received.  

    We did not take this decision lightly, and regret the impact this will have on your plans.

    As you know, this was to be the last round of KEI Fund bids for 2020/21 because the amount remaining in the fund, part of LSE’s HEIF 6 allocation, is drawing to a close. If circumstances allow us to reopen the current funding round, if only with more limited funds, we will advise you directly.

    Simon Hix, Pro Director (Research), March 2020

  • Contact research.kei@lse.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

How can I communicate research while working remotely?

  • Visit our KEI training webpage for communications advice including blogging, online events and filming yourself using a smartphone.
  • Does your research relate to COVID-19? Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) is creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be grateful if you would sign up to the database. Signing up does not commit you to contributing: it’s simply so that Parliament has your details to hand and can contact you rapidly. If they contact you and you aren’t able to respond, they will fully understand. The sign-up form is here.
  • Can you add your expertise to LSE's coronavirus response? Visit the School of Public Policy's inter-disciplinary COVID-19 resource centre and find out about the COVID-19 blog and event series.
  • Contact research.kei@lse.ac.uk if you have any further questions. 

What is the general guidance for LSE researchers?

Last updated: 29 May 2020