Tackling the impact of COVID-19

UK Research and Innovation plays a key role in convening and catalysing efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting hundreds of projects addressing the challenges. This is a collective endeavour, built on the strength of the UK’s world-class research base and the long-term support from our councils.

These include major breakthroughs such as finding a vaccine, accelerating the UK’s vaccine manufacturing capacity, and identifying the world’s first treatments for COVID-19 patients.

We’ve invested over £554 million in a diverse range of over 3,300 new COVID-19 research and innovation initiatives in the UK and globally. These awards are in addition to the many active research projects repurposed to tackle COVID-19 and our longstanding investments in institutes, centres and units, many of which are on the frontline of COVID-19 research. Our funded projects range from investigating mental health issues to economic and environmental impacts, as well as helping innovative businesses through these tough times.

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Explore our research and innovation projects

Learn more about just some of the thousands of projects UKRI is funding to understand and tackle the pandemic.

National Core Studies

Leading three National Core Studies to support the government’s response

Vaccines and treatments

Developing safe vaccines for COVID-19 and identifying treatments for patients

Understanding the coronavirus

Research on the new virus and controlling its spread through communities

Recovery and rebuilding

Supporting innovation and economic research that’s helping the UK recovery

The impacts of coronavirus

Investigating how the pandemic touches every aspect of our lives

Our global contribution

How researchers and innovators are working globally to address the pandemic

Technological solutions

From apps to ventilators, the technology offering solutions to the pandemic

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