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 

Technology, research and innovation in the COVID-19 recovery

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is currently looking into the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s covid-19 economic recovery.

Deadline: 11 September 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 


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

RADx-rad Wastewater Detection of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is issuing a funding opportunity announcement. This emergency FOA provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative.

Deadline: 15 September 2020

NIH website