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Our current COVID-19 research funding opportunities

Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants or Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. Repurposing your existing grant is the quickest way to start the research.

Companies and organisations being funded by Innovate UK, who wish to re-purpose their grant for Covid-19 purposes, should approach their Monitoring Officer in the first instance; and progress any requests through the Project Change Request (PCR) system.


Addressing the COVID-19 challenge in the UK and internationally

For proposals that are projected to lead to UK, and potentially international, clinical or public health benefits you should apply to this DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 rapid response rolling call. This call supports UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a clinical or public health benefit within 12 months. MRC would only exceptionally expect to receive proposals other than by this route.

For proposals that address and mitigate the social, economic, cultural, environmental and/or longer-term health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak you should apply to the UKRI open call. This covers all areas of research and innovation NOT covered by the DHSC/UKRI call and which will deliver impact within 12-18 months. Where possible earlier impact should be prioritised.


Addressing the COVID-19 challenge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

You can apply here with proposals addressing the direct health impacts of COVID-19 in LMICs that fall within the scope of priority areas 3 (epidemiology), 4 (clinical management), 5 (infection control), 9 (social sciences and humanities responses to the outbreak) of the WHO COVID-19 Global Research Roadmap, or the indirect consequences of the pandemic through other health issues on LMICs, such as (but not limited to): mental health, domestic violence, inter-personal violence, water and sanitation, maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, chronic conditions, and the wider impact on the health system or health service delivery.

Applications will be accepted from eligible institutions based in the UK or in LMICs. The call is supported by funds that form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

For proposals addressing and mitigating the social, economic, cultural, environmental and other health impacts (outside the scope of the DHSC/UKRI GECO call) of the COVID-19 outbreak in countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients, you should apply to this GCRF/Newton Fund call. 

This call is funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund which form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Researchers with proposals that are out of scope for the above calls, for example because they will deliver impact in longer time, can continue to apply to standard UKRI grant rounds. See the councils’ websites for details.

See the list of COVID-19 research currently funded by UKRI