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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.

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.