I am working on my PhD thesis. This study was funded the Foundation for Joint Russian-Finnish Scientific Innovation Projects (TEKES - Funding Agency, Finland). The grant consists of two intermediate stages, at the end of which it was necessary to report on the research carried out and on the published works.
The final report must contain information about the defended PhD thesis. I successfully completed the first two stages. But then the circumstances were not the best for me. And this caused a delay in the submission of the final report. I haven't completed my dissertation yet.
The foundation that sponsored my research requires one of two ways:
- Submit my report as soon as possible (I can't do this because I haven't completed my thesis).
- Letter explaining the reasons for the delay and requesting an extension of the submission of the final report.
The letter obviously needs some good reason. Because TEKES cooperates with Russian funding agencies, I can’t say that by the time the third stage was over, well-known events had happened in Ukraine and this had affected my distant relatives and close friends, which unsettled me.
In addition, I worked almost to the point of exhaustion, did not allow myself to rest and fell victim to procrastination and laziness.
Although the study is almost completed and does not require additional funding, but only 2-3 months, I do not know how to get out of the situation that I am in. This may affect my career, and sanctions may be imposed on the institute and the scientific advisor. How should I proceed?