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Support for returning carers is more vital than ever and we encourage all eligible colleagues to apply to this fund. Applications should be sent to Katherine Corr by Friday 19 February. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential application.

The fund provides support for research and academic staff to re-establish their research careers after a caring break of six months or more. Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded to fund activities which applicants feel will best support them to return to research. With COVID-19 and the associated lockdown, the RCF has had to be flexible, allowing awardees time to consider alternative uses of funds and extending timelines as conferences or other plans have been delayed. Grantees have been supported to use funds to support childcare costs during online conferences and training, or to purchase equipment that can support them to engage more effectively with online conferences and platforms.

Full details of eligibility criteria and application processes can be found at Returning Carers Fund