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What is #Red4Research?

On the front line and behind the scenes incredible research teams continue to collectively work on health and social care research. COVID-19 has forced us to do things differently, to be more innovative, flexible and more responsive. Over the past two years, the R&D community in collaboration with the health and care sectors and voluntary organisations has achieved a phenomenal amount. It has

  • developed and delivered COVID-19 vaccines at an unprecedented speed
  • provided rapid diagnostics for community settings
  • evaluated a range of novel and repurposed therapeutics demonstrating that large platform trials are feasible
  • undertaken rapid evidence appraisals
  • changed clinical management, policies and guidelines
  • established rapid ethical review processes
  • streamlined and aligned regulatory approval processes
  • advanced the international research agenda
  • enhanced capacity building
  • provided real-time visualization of data to inform decision making
  • reduced research waste through coordinated research activity and data sharing

#Red4Research Day on Friday 17th June 2022 aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 and other research. It is an opportunity to showcase the phenomenal work, learning legacy and the new innovative research systems/techniques that have arisen.

#Red4Research Day began in 2020. It is not country, group or organisation specific but powered by the collective efforts. Research isn’t undertaken by individuals working in isolation, it is collegial, made possible by people around the world working together. The #Red4Research campaign has been supported by people across the world in countries such as Africa, America, Australia, Chile, China, India, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, as well as the UK.

What is involved?

The #Red4Research concept is very simple. Wear something red, it can be any item of clothing, then download/print or make a placard saying #Red4Research, take a photo and post it on social media with the #Red4Research hashtag. 

It’s all about positivity, creativity and support in the face of adversity. #Red4Research is completely inclusive – anyone, any age, anywhere can participate – children, adults, even pets! Hopefully people might have a bit of fun along the way raising the profile and work of all those involved in the process.

COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Despite tremendous pressure the R&D community has continued to evolve ultimately delivering research studies at an unprecedented pace and scale. Research doesn’t just happen, people make it happen – research participants, patients, professionals, volunteers and regulatory bodies all collectively working together. Research continues to offer a beacon of hope for the future with everybody playing their part.

Sally Humphreys – #Red4Research Day Founder

Chair of NHS R&D Forum RMWG, NHS Research Nurse, PhD Student at University of Hertfordshire

#Red4Research Resources

There are a number of resources free to download:

#Red4Research English Resources:

#Red4Research Video Background 

#Red4Research Welsh Resources:

#Red4Research Resources for Logos

A range of social media templates have been designed which enable you to add your own organisational logo and share across social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To use these:

  1. Insert your photo behind the template
  2. Add your logo and text on top of the template
  3. Post on social media using #Red4Research


Making your social media accessible

#Red4Research aims to be an inclusive event.  When using the #Red4Research hashtag please capitalise the first letter of every word (CamelCase). This means that the words in the hashtag are read out correctly by screen readers. It also makes them easier to read for everyone else.

Each social media platform provides accessibility guidance to help make your social media accessibility friendly:

Facebook accessibility features
Instagram accessibility features
Twitter accessibility features

Lighting Up Red

This year we are very excited that a number of landmarks and iconic buildings across the nations will light up red in support of #Red4Research. The wave of red light starts in the south with the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the evening of Thursday 16th June. On Friday 17th June the wave will then move north with other landmarks including:

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Civic Town Hall, Trowbridge
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council Building
  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge
  • St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Sunderland City Council (Northern Spire, Hylton Castle, Penshaw Monument and others)
  • Tavistock Town Hall
  • The Kelpies
  • The Mersey Gateway
  • Witney Town Council
  • And more…