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 June 2021.

Phase 1: identifying new categories
10 February 2020Launch!
30 October 2020New categories closes
30 November 2020Submission categories published
11 December 2020Public feedback on categories
Phase 2: the competition
14 December 2020Submissions open
14 May 2021Deadline for submissions
25 June 2021Winners announced!