If you are interested in applying for any of the below funding calls, please contact your Dean of Research to enable coordination with colleagues across the University.

Deans of Research


Emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research - UKRI

This is a rarely awarded emergency route for exceptional circumstances.

The normal route to apply for support for COVID-19 research is through existing standard funding opportunities.

Apply for funding to support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either:

  • inform urgent policy or national decision making
  • secure data for future research use.

All activities funded through this route must not overlap with UKRI’s portfolio of funded research.

To apply you must be able to meet strict criteria, including, but not limited to:

  • demonstrating how this proposed activity does not overlap with UKRI’s existing portfolio
  • demonstrating the time-critical nature of the research or data/sample collection
  • demonstrating a clear and rapid route to impact through existing partnerships
  • showing how a normal grant timeframe is unsuitable
  • justifying why you did not apply through any of the previously available UKRI COVID-19 funding schemes
  • having a clear plan to take this research forward including, if necessary, using normal grant routes.

Support can be available for projects lasting 3 to 6 months.

Applicants must be based at research organisations eligible for UKRI funding. Business-led proposals are not eligible for this funding.

Full applications for funding will only be invited at the discretion of the appropriate research council. Resubmissions of rejected applications are not permitted.

More information can be found on the UKRI webpage.

AmountDeadlineTo Apply, Please Contact
Up to £80,000 No closing date After contacting your Dean of Research, please contact your local project coordinator

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science - Fast Grants

Applications are currently paused.

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this.

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you'll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.

More information available at Fast Grants website.

AmountDeadlineTo Apply, Please Contact:
£10k-£500k No current deadline After contacting your Dean of Research, please contact your local project coordinator 


SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins project - Diamond Light Source

Offering priority rapid access for groups who require instrument time for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins. Based on the number and nature of requests for priority rapid access, Diamond will make every effort to satisfy research priorities.

More information available at the Diamond website.

AmountDeadlineTo apply, please contact:
Access to Resources No deadline - proposals can be submitted at any time. After contacting your Dean of Research, contact your local project coordinator


HealthTech Response to the challenges of COVID - Codebase

In March 2020, at the start of the first UK lockdown, Codebase partnered with Barclays Ventures and Eagle Labs, UCL and The University of Edinburgh to look at how they could support the NHS in their response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Codebase sought companies that could offer innovative tech solutions to help with the key challenges they had identified. They received over 180 responses. They are now continuing to work with these companies, fostering collaboration between them and building a supportive health tech community.

The impact of COVID-19 will be with us for a long time, so Codebase are working on more community events and opportunities. Sign up below to stay in the loop with their HealthTech programme:

More information available at the Codebase webpage.