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13 July 2020
UKRI to switch over its COVID-19 open call to JeS and IFS

The application process for UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) COVID-19 open call will change on 31 July 2020. After this date, instead of submitting a proposal via email, researchers and businesses must apply via UKRI’s online submission systems, the Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) and the Innovation Funding Service (IFS), respectively.

09 July 2020
New research announced with leading African Universities

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is delighted to announce the outcomes from its African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) partnership research programme to tackle global challenges such as disease, poverty, climate change, fragile states and food insecurity.

06 July 2020
New fund to develop digital innovation to revolutionise Britain's Manufacturing supply chains

Up to £1.5million available for each individual project bid

Today Made Smarter and UK Research and Innovation launch two funding competitions for Britain’s most innovative businesses to come together to develop world-leading digital technologies to boost supply chain productivity and resilience to turbo-charge the COVID recovery.

05 July 2020
World-leading study into long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched by UKRI and NIHR

Today, UKRI and NIHR are announcing £8.4 million funding for one of the world’s largest studies into the long-term physical and mental health impacts of coronavirus on hospitalised patients.

03 July 2020
UKRI invests £13 m in life saving projects to improve diagnosis and treatment

Six projects that combine data from blood tests, tissue analysis, imaging techniques, genetic profiles and medical history, will share a £13 million grant from UKRI’s industrial strategy challenge fund.

01 July 2020
UKRI welcomes government R&D Roadmap

UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser has welcomed the publication of the government’s R&D Roadmap.

01 July 2020
UKRI welcomes £300m investment in world-class research infrastructure

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) welcomes today’s announcement by Business Secretary Alok Sharma of £300 million investment in world-class research infrastructure across the UK.

30 June 2020
Preliminary trial results find antiviral drug lopinavir/ritonavir does not reduce death in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

The ‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing lopinavir/ritonavir, an antiviral drug commonly used to treat HIV, had no significant mortality benefit in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

27 June 2020
Further £191m support package unveiled to help innovative businesses bounce back from COVID-19 impact

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has today (Saturday 27 June) launched a new fund to help cutting-edge companies of all sizes recover, grow, and drive a re-building economy.

27 June 2020
UKRI confirms COVID-19 Grant Extension Allocation

UK Research and Innovation has announced it will deploy £180 million of funding for organisations to sustain UKRI grant-funded research and fellowships affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of a wider package announced by Government to support the continuation of research and innovation activities.

26 June 2020
£186m of R&D funding will boost local economic growth across the UK

Seven major new research and innovation projects will boost economic growth and benefit people across central Scotland, Northern Ireland, south Wales, and three areas of England.  

26 June 2020
UKRI moves to a new phase of funding ideas to address COVID-19

As the pandemic progresses, the nature of the research questions that need to be addressed is evolving rapidly. UKRI is therefore moving to a new way of managing proposals to its COVID-19 open call. Proposals continue to be accepted on a rolling open basis.

26 June 2020
Final open letter from Sir Mark Walport to the research and innovation community

 Sir Mark Walport gives his final open letter to the research and innovation community

24 June 2020
New £1.3 million national research programme to evaluate coronavirus tests in hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes

Testing for coronavirus infection could become quicker, more convenient and more accurate, following the launch of a multicentre national programme of research that will evaluate how new diagnostic tests perform in hospitals, general practices and care homes.

24 June 2020
UKRI publishes harmonised diversity data

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today, 24 June, published harmonised diversity data for funding applicants and recipients of research council grants over the past five years.

23 June 2020
Scientists find cosmic object that may reshape our understanding of the biggest stars in the Universe

On August 14 last year, the US-based National Science Foundation's LIGO, part -funded by the STFC, and the European Virgo detector picked up a gravitational wave signal from the merger of two astronomical objects.

23 June 2020
First volunteer receives new COVID-19 vaccine

The first healthy volunteer has received a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers led by Professor Robin Shattock at Imperial College London. The phase I trials were funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR COVID-19 rapid research response.

23 June 2020
UKRI's response to correspondence from post-graduate research students

UKRI has received a number of letters about the support we are providing to our post-graduate research students in response to Covid-19. Today we have published our reply to one of these letters.

23 June 2020
Studies at BBSRC-funded Pirbright Institute demonstrate two doses of Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine boosts immune response in pigs

The Pirbright Institute, working in collaboration with the University of Oxford have successfully shown that two doses of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine produce a greater antibody response than a single dose in pigs.

19 June 2020
Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioural factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status.