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30 April 2020
Preliminary results of Covid-19 drug treatment trial found to improve recovery

An international clinical trial, co-led by UKRI’s Medical Research Council and UCL, which is testing the effectiveness of the drug remdesivir on patients hospitalised with Covid-19, has shown “very promising” preliminary results.

30 April 2020
Study of more than 16,700 COVID-19 patients identifies characteristics of severe disease

To answer many urgent questions about the characteristics of people who are most severely affected by the virus and what happens to them in hospital, a study – called ‘ISARIC4C’ – has analysed data obtained from 16,749 COVID-19 hospital patients in the UK.

29 April 2020
COVID-19 treatments could be fast-tracked through new national clinical trial initiative

This platform will accelerate the development of new drugs for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, reducing the time taken to set up clinical studies for new therapies from months to just weeks.

27 April 2020
Patterns of common coronavirus infections could aid understanding of COVID-19

Coronavirus infections are a common cause of mild colds, infecting thousands of people every year in the UK. They mostly circulate in the winter in temperate regions where they are often referred to as ‘seasonal coronaviruses’.

24 April 2020
Open letter to the research and innovation community

An open letter to the research and innovation community, from Professor Sir Mark Walport.

24 April 2020
Open Letter to UKRI Students

The following letter is for doctoral students at UKRI research council programmes. It will also be of interest to training grant holders, research organisations, and co-funding partners.

24 April 2020
COVID-19 vaccine begins human trial stage

Researchers at the University of Oxford have begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers this week. The phase I trial was funded by UKRI and NIHR as part of the rapid research response.

23 April 2020
Future research and innovation leaders backed through flagship fellowships

The research and innovation leaders of the future will be supported to develop their careers while tackling ambitious challenges through the latest round of UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships.

22 April 2020
International development research funders publish guidance to anticipate, mitigate and address harm in research

On behalf of major funders of international development research, UK Collaborative for Development Research (UKCDR) has published best practice guidance to prevent and tackle harm and abuse across the international development research sector in general as well as in emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

22 April 2020
Networks launched to identify solutions to global challenges

Twenty networks will bring together UK researchers with collaborators from across the developing world to tackle global challenges.

22 April 2020
NIHR and UKRI launch call for research on COVID-19 and ethnicity

The NIHR and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are jointly calling for research proposals to investigate emerging evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes.

20 April 2020
UKRI plays a key role in billion-pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is playing a key role in a £1.25 billion government support package announced by the Chancellor today (Monday 20 April) for UK businesses driving innovation and development.

17 April 2020
COVID-19 therapy, vaccine, epidemiology and policy development research boosted by twenty-one new projects

Twenty-one new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including the first clinical drug trial in primary care, vaccine and therapy development, and studying epidemiology, disease transmission, behavioral interventions and policy approaches to COVID-19. 

16 April 2020
UKRI allocates funding for Industrial Decarbonisation Deployment and Roadmap projects

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced funding projects for the first phases of the Deployment and Roadmap programme for decarbonisation strategies, run on behalf of the UK government.

14 April 2020
Coronavirus: the science explained

UK Research and Innovation has launched a new website for anyone interested in the science of COVID-19.

14 April 2020
STFC's Hartree Centre speeds up the search for the most effective Coronavirus treatment – and how you can help!

Supercomputers at STFC’s Hartree Centre at Daresbury Laboratory are speeding up the search in a massive global project to find the best existing anti-viral drugs that are most effective for treating for COVID-19 – and anyone with a personal computer can help!

09 April 2020
Government announces support for PhD students as a result of coronavirus disruption

UKRI-funded PhD students whose studies have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided with additional support, announced Science Minister Amanda Solloway today (Thursday 9 April).

03 April 2020
Finding ways to ease global disruption

UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million in a fast-track competition to develop new ways to tackle global disruption such as that caused by Covid-19.

01 April 2020
STFC Technicians support rapid ventilator production

Science and Technology Facilities Council technicians and engineers are part of a UK team producing simple ventilators for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The STFC group is leading training for others to carry out testing and calibration of the new ventilators.

01 April 2020
Concerned about social distancing? Satellite technology and AI can help with that.

A UK start-up company Lanterne, has developed, and is soon to launch, a free app that will help us observe ‘social distancing’ more effectively in our collective effort to break the transmission rate of the coronavirus, and ultimately save lives.