Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

Please note: This programme is under regular review. On Friday 31st July the application process will change. Applications to the research councils will be via the Joint Electronic Submission (JeS) system. Applications to Innovate UK will be via one of the three strands on the Innovation Funding Service (IFS). 

Details are provided in the Additional Information section below. Please read this now and check whether a preparatory action is needed to ensure you are able to submit proposals from 31st July.

Please check this site regularly before submitting an application.

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. You can apply to switch your existing funding here. 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.

Apply to switch your existing UKRI standard grant to Covid-19 priority areas

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Project length: Up to 18 months

  • Closing date: none - apply at any time

  • Funding: Grants will be awarded at 80% of the full economic cost (fEC) for Research Council funding, or in line with Innovate UK's funding rules. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply. Please see guidance here.

  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

We will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration, in any subject area within UKRI's remit, which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.

  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential

  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Following the strong response to the call, UKRI is now focusing its funding for new research proposals in the areas of the portfolio not previously funded.

See the priority areas and research questions which we are particularly interested in seeing addressed.

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

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Published on: 16 July 2020