12 May 2020 | Tiffany Hionas

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European Commission health chief seeks increased budget to reorganise health systems

The European Commission is looking to create a larger role for a new health programme. This programme would have substantially more funding and more authority to strengthen member health systems and oversee health preparedness plans.

Currently EU law gives power to member states to manage healthcare matters independently. However, the EU is keen to increase its role in health to strengthen coordination, preparedness and surveillance between countries.

Anne Bucher, European Commission’s Director-General for Health and Food Safety, said that these powers ‘would allow us to have a clearer view on where there are needs across the EU.’

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Economic recovery

A coalition of business leaders from 40 global organisations, convened through The Energy Transitions Commission, have sent a letter to governments detailing their recommendations on how to transition to sustainable business models as part of the post covid-19 economic recovery.

The Energy Transitions Commission has defined some key priorities to support the global economic recovery. These priorities include creating circular business models, increasing low-carbon fuels for the shipping and aviation industry and financing zero-carbon hydrogen production.

The business believe that they have the capacity to support these plans to achieve a more resilient, net-zero emissions economy, which will be future-proofed against climate-related and economic crises.

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COVID-19 Roundup

As Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe, we round up some of the innovative steps being taken by businesses in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector to aid those on the frontline of this global crisis.

Read more here.

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Calls for evidence

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

Deadline: Not specified  

Deadline: Not specified

Funding competitions

DHSC and UKRI have launched a rolling call for proposals for research into covid-19. Research should cover an understanding of the disease, prevention and management of the covid-19 outbreak.

Deadline: 1 April 2021 


 As part of the Chancellor’s £1.25Bn support package, £750m R&D funding (as grants and loans) will be available through Innovate UK’s grants and loan scheme. First payments will be made available mid-May.

Deadline: Not released


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

Deadline: Not specified 


Apply for funding for industrial research and capital projects. Submit your proposal addressing areas identified within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy. The total grant funding limit for any individual project is 20 million Euros.

Deadline: 20 May 2020


Grant for innovative or disruptive ideas including those in science and technology, and can be ready for rapid commercialisation. Projects can be single (SMEs only) or collaborative. Funding limit depends on duration of project, ranging between £25K and £2m.

Deadline: 27 May 2020


UK micro enterprises and SMEs can apply for funding to develop innovative aerospace technologies. The total project grant must be less than £150,000. Projects must focus on one or more of the value streams within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

Deadline: 17 June 2020

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