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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government, NHS Research Scotland (NRS) and Health Board R&D Offices are working closely, and in collaboration with equivalents across the UK nations, to enable and deliver research into COVID-19.

Urgent public health research into COVID-19 continues. The CSO has been working with colleagues across the NHS to support the restarting of research paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Numbers of COVID-19 positive cases have recently increased across many areas, in particular since late August. In response to this, the NIHR have developed guidance to ensure the protection of research during a second wave of COVID-19 activity.

This ensures COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 research is protected in the event of increased pressure on wider clinical services. Scotland and the other devolved administrations have been fully involved in its development and are supportive of the guiding principles.

The Chief Scientist Office will monitor restart across Scotland.


For additional support contact or follow @NHSResearchScot for regular updates and announcements. 

Media enquiries specific to research can be directed to Fiona Fleming, Communications Manager: 

General Coronavirus (COVID-19) enquiries should be directed to Scottish Government on 0131 244 0222.

NHS 24 is the primary source of public health information in Scotland -