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Tackling the impact of COVID-19

UKRI is supporting hundreds of projects that are addressing the key challenges of coronavirus: we have invested more than £400 million in new research and innovation, which tackles the COVID-19 pandemic and its many impacts on business, the economy and society.

This includes major breakthroughs such as:

  • identifying the world’s first treatments for COVID-19
  • leading the global effort to find a vaccine
  • accelerating the UK’s vaccine manufacturing capacity.

We are also funding a diverse range of projects that address the wider consequences – from mental health issues to economic and environmental impacts – as well as helping innovative businesses through these tough times.

Our impact is built on the strength of the UK’s world-class research base and the long-term support from our councils. This is a collective endeavour, with UKRI playing a key role in convening and catalysing efforts to respond to the crisis.

The impact of research and innovation funding

Learn more about how the projects being funded by UKRI are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society and business.

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 challenges

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

Funding opportunities and guidance for researchers and innovators

Find out more about new funding opportunities and using existing investments for COVID-19 research and innovation, as well as the guidance available.

Switch your funding to a COVID-19 priority area

Repurposing existing funding is quicker than applying for new funding

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

How to apply for funding opportunities for pandemic-related research and innovation

UKRI support for those impacted by the pandemic

Supporting applicants and award-holders on deadlines, extensions and guidance

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