To K.G. Jebsen Centres and their Host Institutions

Information about the foundation’s policies on issues arising from the corona situation.

Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen fully understands that the corona situation, and the measures taken to increase the health service’s capacity and to prevent infection from spreading, can put many of our PIs and their host institutions in a challenging situation.

The foundation therefore wishes to take steps to ensure the best possible project implementation, and we have confidence in our partners and PIs to deal with the challenges in the way that best serves the centres.

New Centre Grant Agreements 2020
We ask centres that have been invited to enter into a grant agreement to contact the foundation if the corona situation makes it difficult to finalise documents as planned. We want to contribute to the rapid start-up of the centres.

Active Centres
We assume that it will vary between the K.G. Jebsen centres whether and how much the progress and implementation of research plans is affected. Where relevant, PIs should consider what adaptations can be made to maintain the highest possible centre activity, based, of course, on the centre’s objectives as set out in the grant agreement.

As regards reporting, we will not request progress reports or notifications of changes in the present situation. It is only necessary to inform the foundation immediately if there is a risk that it will not be possible to carry out the research plan. We ask other centres to give notification of any changes and deviations from the project plan in connection with the annual reporting that is due by 1 December. By then, we will probably also have a better basis on which to assess the need for any adjustments.

The most important thing in this situation is to safeguard public health and to help society to handle the pandemic in the best possible way. PIs and project staff who have to prioritise working for the health service during the pandemic can rest assured that the foundation will be flexible as regards extensions of the project period or postponing the end date for research fellowships / postdoc positions. At the same time, we wish to emphasise that funds from the foundation must be used to implement the research plan, cf. the project grant agreement, and not for other activities. For example, the foundation’s funding for research fellows who are now helping the specialist health service shall be put on hold until the research activity is resumed. The hospitals have their own arrangements for paying those who are reassigned to work on combating the pandemic.

If you have other questions about possible changes to centre activities as a result of the corona situation, please first contact post@stiftkgj.no. We will endeavour to be flexible and find solutions for individual centres. However, it may take somewhat longer than usual to deal with queries due to the unusual circumstances.

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