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28 May 2020
UK joins COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

The UK has added more than 20 Petaflops of high-performance computing capability to the global effort to address the coronavirus crisis by joining the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

22 May 2020
Africa COVID-19 Rapid Fund launched

An Africa specific research call has been launched this week to strengthen efforts across the continent to tackle COVID-19.

21 May 2020
Pilot scheme launches for arts and humanities EDI fellowships

A new pilot scheme launched today, Thursday 21 May 2020, will fund a number of fellowships aimed at arts and humanities researchers working in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

21 May 2020
UKRI launches its environmental sustainability strategy and sets a path to a 'net zero' future

The strategy sets out the organisation’s priorities to lead the way in environmental sustainability across the research and innovation sector, following the UK government’s commitment to end the country’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

20 May 2020
£40m grant funding confirmed for business projects tackling post COVID-19 global impact

Total funding pot for dynamic businesses looking to boost UK and global economic recovery from COVID-19 doubles in size after unprecedented demand.

19 May 2020
UKRI publishes Preventing harm policy for safe research and innovation environments

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) outlines a framework to support organisations and individuals to ensure abuse and exploitation is prevented and addressed across research and innovation environments

18 May 2020
New cross-government research response to tackle COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new call for global health research to tackle COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

18 May 2020
£30 million funding for future flight innovation

A competition to be launched next month will provide funding for innovations to help revolutionise the way we fly.  

17 May 2020
£131m investment fast-tracks UK coronavirus vaccine production

The UK will have state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing facilities, able to make up to 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, thanks to a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) investment of £131 million.

14 May 2020
UKRI supporting pupils to engage with cutting-edge science online during school closures

With schools closed to most pupils because of coronavirus, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting young people to stay connected with each other and enjoy inspiring science lessons through a free, safe online platform, I’m a Scientist, Stay at Home!.

14 May 2020
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser to join UK Research and Innovation as new Chief Executive

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced that Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS will join UK Research and Innovation as its new Chief Executive. She will succeed Sir Mark Walport who announced in September last year that he would retire in 2020. Professor Leyser will start her new role on Monday June 29.

13 May 2020
New partnership to sequence human genomes in the fight against coronavirus

Thousands of patients severely ill with coronavirus will have their genetic code studied to help scientists understand whether a person’s genetics may influence their susceptibility to the virus.

13 May 2020
Call supports innovative citizen science approaches across the research spectrum

A new call launched by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) today will support the expansion of citizen science approaches into new disciplines, involving more members of the public in the creation of knowledge that will transform society.

12 May 2020
UK consortium launches COVID-19 Protein Portal to provide essential reagents for SARS-CoV-2 research

A new initiative, led by Wellcome and UKRI, will allow UK scientists to access protein reagents needed for critical research relating to SARS-CoV-2 free of charge from a consortium of leading protein production laboratories

12 May 2020
COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK homes and communities

A UK trial – testing whether low-risk treatment in the community can help people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 to get better quicker, reducing the need for hospital admission – is today announcing that older people who have had coronavirus symptoms for 15 days or less can now also screen for the trial online.

07 May 2020
UKRI signs statement on sharing of COVID-19 data and research findings

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has joined funding agencies and organisations across the world in committing to the rapid and widespread sharing of research data and findings relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic to help the global effort against the virus.

07 May 2020
International COVID-19 call opens to support world's most vulnerable people

UK Research and Innovation is inviting funding proposals through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund which will directly address the negative impacts of COVID-19 across developing countries where communities are already vulnerable due to long-term conflict, food and water shortages and crowded living conditions.

07 May 2020
New call for research on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of coronavirus

A new call for research proposals on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2, has been launch by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

06 May 2020
The Arts and Humanities Research Council announces Boundless Creativity: Culture in a time of COVID-19

The UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) today announced Boundless Creativity, a major new campaign created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

04 May 2020
Government announces support for higher education sector

A range of measures have been announced by government today, Monday 4 May, to protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus.