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Apply to switch your existing UKRI GCRF grant to Covid-19 priority areas

This call has now closed for new applications. Any post-deadline submissions will not be considered.

UKRI has put in place the following process to allow researchers to repurpose existing UKRI GCRF grants to address COVID-19 research priorities. 

Unfortunately, this is process is not available for either:

  • Companies and organisations being funded by Innovate UK
  • Applicants holding a Newton Fund grant.

In order to be eligible, the research to be undertaken must address one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries.
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.

UKRI recognises the importance of all the research we support in delivering impacts to benefit the economic situation and welfare in Low and Middle Income Countries. Researchers must provide a good case for why their original project should be repurposed.

Please note that no subsequent extension to the grant or additional costs will be allowed in order to meet the original objectives where these were altered to permit new COVID-19 research.

Principal investigators should submit a document (up to 500 words) providing information on what the repurposed research would achieve, including:

  • Grant reference and title of the existing GCRF grant
  • A description of the alterations to the original workplan or objectives that will be required, explicitly covering what activity that was originally planned will not now take place in order to allow this new work to occur
  • A description of how you will ensure the changes do not diminish the ODA compliance or Gender Equality of the original proposal
  • A description showing that the repurposing of this project will not be detrimental to the ability of GCRF to meet the objectives of the GCRF Challenge portfolios, given the importance placed on all the research we support
  • An explanation of the level of urgency, and why the activity is important now
  • A demonstration that the proposal has the necessary critical mass to make a difference Where relevant, demonstrate the strength of links to relevant decision makers

Applicants must also provide a letter from all host institutions, including UK and overseas institutions, confirming they support the switch in the research programme. This should include confirmation that relevant laboratories and other facilities are open and available for use and that the work will not place undue burden on fieldwork teams, particularly in LMIC countries.

Please collate all components of your application as a single PDF and email this to UKRI GCRFCV19

Assessment of requests will be made by the council responsible for the grant, as follows:

  1. UKRI staff will determine that the submission meets the eligibility criteria listed above. If it does not the change will be rejected at this stage.
  2. If needed, urgent expert review will provide assurance that the changes to the proposed research will mean:
    1. the project is likely to achieve impact on Covid-19 in a Low or Middle Income Country
    2. The repurposing of this project will not be detrimental to the ability of GCRF to meet the objectives of the GCRF Challenge portfolios

Proposers may be asked for more information before a decision is confirmed.

You may also be asked to become part of wider consortia or join with already existing efforts.