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Pivoting to cash-based poverty relief during COVID-19

Traditionally, welfare support in low-income countries is given in the form of food parcels rather than cash. Policymakers perceive there is a risk of money being spent on non-essential items. In South Africa, as elsewhere in the world, the COVID-19 lockdowns brought devastating mass layoffs and poverty. Efforts to distribute food parcels began in April […]

Improving the way we prepare for future COVID-19 variants

Scientists are making significant leaps towards understanding and predicting the future threats posed by the evolution of the COVID-19 virus, thanks to powerful simulation and machine learning techniques. The study, published in the Biophysical Journal, was led by a team of researchers from the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre and IBM, at […]

News 8 November 2023

Report reveals impact of COVID-19 research and innovation funding

Conducted by Technopolis, the report ‘Impact evaluation of UKRI’s research and innovation funding response to COVID-19‘ unpicks how publicly funded research across the spectrum helped to shape government decision making, ease the impact of the pandemic and ultimately save lives. Research ranged from medicine to engineering, social science and the arts. Long-term investment In a […]

News 14 September 2023

Impact evaluation of UKRI’s R&I funding response to COVID-19

Findings of the impact evaluation of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) research and innovation (R&I) funding response to COVID-19.

Publication Corporate report

MRC COVID-19 response reports

These reports document the activities initiated by MRC in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Publication Independent report

Obesity accelerates loss of COVID-19 vaccination immunity

The protection offered by COVID-19 vaccination declines more rapidly in people with severe obesity than in those with normal weight, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh have found. Clinical trials have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at reducing symptoms, hospitalisation and deaths caused by the virus, […]

News 11 May 2023

Malfunctioning cell behaviour could be drug target in Long COVID

Normally-functioning monocytes, made in the bone marrow, travel through the blood to the lungs where they surround and kill the virus and boost the immune response. However, The University of Manchester scientists have discovered that in Long COVID, abnormal migration of these cells corresponds to the most commonly-reported symptom: shortness of breath. A different migration […]

News 16 March 2023

ESRC COVID-19 Research Portfolio impact report

The ESRC COVID-19 Research Portfolio impact report highlights emerging outcomes and impacts from social science research projects funded through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) response to COVID-19.

Publication Corporate report

COVID-19 response: the contribution of arts and humanities research

This area of investment looks at how the arts and humanities have responded to the challenges of COVID-19

Supercomputing experts helped speed up COVID-19 research

The UK’s supercomputing capability, supported by experts from STFC, played a pivotal role in supporting medical research at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog post 12 December 2022