The hidden REF is split into two phases. During the first, we will continually collect ideas for new submission categories from the research community. These will be reviewed and any that appear to represent outputs that are important but unrecognised will be added to the competition. New categories will be announced every other month. The second phase will be the competition itself, during which people will submit their research outputs. The submissions will be judged by panels of expert volunteers, and the winners will be announced in May 2020.

Phase 1: identifying new categories
10 February 2020Launch!
First Monday every two monthsAnnounce new categories
30 September 2020Final categories announced
Phase 2: the competition
5 October 2020Submissions open
26 February 2021Deadline for submissions
19 April 2021Winners announced!
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