Interfacing with Government

COVID-19 Calls for Support 

Proposals are invited for innovative research and projects on the understanding of and response to COVID-19

UKRI has launched a call for innovative proposals addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak for a duration of up to 18 months. 

Deadline: Not specified 

UKRI website 

UK Science, Research and Technology capability and response to disease outbreaks

The Science and Technology Committee aim to build on scientific knowledge and advice around the prevention, management and treatment of global outbreaks. They aim to increase the UK's research capacity and capability to respond to outbreaks. 
Deadline: 31 July 2020 
Committee website

Call for Proposals needing rapid access to the Diamond synchrotron. 

Diamond is offering priority rapid access for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2 virtual proteins. 

Deadline: Not specified 

Diamond website 

Post-pandemic economic growth

Submit your views on this topic

Deadline: 17 July

Committee website


COVID-19 Funding Opportunities  

The National Institute for Health Research will provide travel and substance funding 

This funding is to support those who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the response to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries.

Deadline: 31 September 2020

NIHR website  

Medical robotics for contagious diseases challenge

This challenge is aimed at entries that could provide innovative ideas in support to the covid-19 pandemic and future global pandemics. The prize fund is worth £15,000.

Deadline: 30 September 2020

View opportunity here 

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

NIAID and NIGMS are issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Projects should have a focus on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV.

Deadline: 06 February 2021

View more information here

Repurposing of UKRI grants for covid-19 purposes

Apply to repurpose your grant to support research into COVID-19.

Deadline: Not specified 

UKRI website

 COVID-19 therapeutics: call for rapid deployment

LifeArc launched a £10 million fund to support research and testing of therapeutics that could be rapidly deployed to help address COVID-19.

Deadline: 06 April 2021

LifeArc website

Notice of special interest - urgent competitive revisions for research on COVID-19 and the causative virus SARS-CoV-2

Issued by NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). NIGMS is accepting applications on a rolling basis. The research is aimed to better understanding of SARS-CoV-2. Funding is provided to expand the scope of the applicant’s active grant.

Deadline: 05 February 2021

View more information here





Repurposing of UKRI grants for covid-19 purposes



Repurposing of UKRI grants for covid-19 purposes



Support for R&D intensive SMEs