COVID-19 FUNDING CALLS

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

MONETARY FUNDING CALLS

COVID-19 Research Grant - Medical Research Scotland

Projects must have a clear route toward an impact in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not restricted to, the development of approaches to diagnosis, testing and treatment; the creation of resources for medical use in hospitals, care homes or by the public; social science studies that will be useful for professional practice, standards or policy. If creating a new device there must be scope to meet regulatory standards.

These grants can be used for new research projects, for pilot studies, or to supplement existing research programmes, whether funded by other grants or not. What is important to MRS is offering the most useful support for work designed to understand and combat COVID-19.

More information available at the Medical Research Scotland website.

AmountDeadlineTo Apply, Please Contact:
Up to £20,000 No current deadline After contacting your Dean of Research, please contact your local project coordinator

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science - Fast Grants

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 

Addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of COVID-19 - UKRI

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

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 12-18 months duration 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

More information available at UKRI Get Funding for Ideas that Address COVID-19.

AmountDeadlineTo apply, please contact:
80% of the Full Economic Cost No deadline - proposals can be submitted at any time. After contacting your Dean of Research, contact your local project coordinator

Switch your existing UKRI funding to COVID-19 priority areas - UKRI

UKRI has put in place a process to allow researchers to repurpose existing UKRI standard grant to address COVID-19 research priorities. Please note that no subsequent extension to the grant or additional costs will be allowed in order to meet the original objectives where these were altered to permit new COVID-19 research.

More information available at the UKRI website.

AmountDeadlineTo Apply, Please Contact:
Repurpose existing UKRI standard grant No deadline listed After contacting your Dean of Research, contact your local project coordinator

Mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Low and Middle Income Countries - UKRI GCRF & Newton Fund

COVID-19 is fundamentally a global crisis. The pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. While the epicentre of the pandemic is currently focused around Europe and the US, a growing number of cases are reported in Africa, the Middle East, and Central, South America and Asia with potentially serious social, economic and political consequences for these regions. Some of the poorest societies in the world will be the least prepared and most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. 

UKRI will support excellent proposals which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context.
     
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries.
     
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.

This agile response programme enables the GCRF and Newton Fund to build on their current portfolios addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in order to help mitigate negative impacts in developing countries of the COVID-19 outbreak. Proposals supported through this programme will contribute to the strategic aims of the 6 portfolio areas:

  • Resilience
  • Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement
  • Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Food Systems
  • Education
  • Global Health

More information is available on the UKRI website.

AmountDeadlineTo Apply, Please Contact:
80% of the full economic cost (fEC) for Research Council funding None – apply at any time After contacting your Dean of Research, please contact your local project coordinator

ACCESS TO RESOURCE FUNDING CALLS

Travel & subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement - NIHR

The awards will provide travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries. The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation. Applicants are required to ensure appropriate duty of care, insurance, safeguarding and all other liabilities are in place and that they have the support of their institution for any travel, as well as appropriate institutional support in the destination country.

More information available on the NIHR website.

AmountDeadlineTo apply, please contact:
Travel & Substinence Funding No deadline - proposals can be submitted at any time After contacting your Dean of Research, contact your local project coordinator

Rapid Access Call for Octopus imaging Facility Proposals: SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 - Science & Technology Facilities Council

The UK's Central Laser Facility (CLF) is inviting rapid access proposals to its Octopus imaging facility for research relevant to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. The Octopus facility offers a comprehensive range of optical microscopy instruments and techniques including super-resolution (PALM/STORM, SIM, and STED, including STORM at cryogenic temperatures), single molecule imaging and tracking, light sheet microscopy, FRET-FLIM, and optical trapping/tweezers. We also offer a Zeiss Crossbeam cryo FIB-SEM with “slice and view" capability.

 

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

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

Support to mitigate impact of COVID-19 - PRACE

PRACE is welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies, without being exhaustive, to the following topics:

  • Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
  • Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
  • Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
  • Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
  • Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

Further information can be found on the PRACE website.

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

SPIN OFF OPPORTUNITY FUNDING CALLS

#EUvsVirus - Pan-European Hackathon

The #EUvsVirus is a call to action to all citizens around the world regardless of origin and skill to participate in the fight against COVID-19: Demonstrate unity and share your skills for the common good across borders and generations! The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, is hosting a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.

There are five areas that have been identified as targets for these innovative solutions: Health & LifeBusiness ContinuitySocial & Political CohesionRemote Working & EducationDigital Finance, and Other.

The pan-European hackathon will provide avenues for uptake by end-users or follow up development of the solutions. The teams with the best solutions will be invited to join the European Innovation Council (EIC) Community Platform that will facilitate connections with end users (e.g. hospital) and will also provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from the EIC and other EU financial supporters. It will also be a starting point of a much longer collaboration between the European Commission and the ecosystems of innovators, makers and start-ups across Europe related to the Coronavirus crisis.

More information is available at the EUvsVirus webpage.


HealthTech Response to the challenges of COVID - Cosebase

Codebase are an experienced accelerator managing sites in three Scottish cities. Their largest and principal location is Edinburgh. They have a long-standing partnership with Barclay Ventures through which they have created a new initiative to support individuals and teams with ideas related to COVID-19 that could be turned into companies or social enterprises. The initial focus was on getting solutions into the NHS at pace, but now the focus has become broader and extends to the four areas shown below. Codebase, Barclays and other partners will help set up an enterprise, help it find funding, essentially fast-track development.

Although Edinburgh based, the initiative is open to anyone who wants to apply. Codebase perform an initial triage of ideas after receiving a submission. This is completed in a matter of days.

There are 4 key challenges that Cosebase are focusing on:

  1. Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

  2. Enabling home-based Care

  3. Supporting the Well-being and Morale of NHS workforce

  4. Assistance for those who are most Vulnerable and in Self Isolation

More information available at the Cosebase webpage.