The impact of the coronavirus at a glance 

The severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced the world into action. The measures taken to contain the virus have impacted the whole of society, including the education sector, with research becoming more important than ever.

To help compensate for the economic damage caused by these measures, the EU and governments around the world are making specialised budgets available. These budgets translate, among other things, into new or adapted financing programs and funds.

Keep informed of the latest funding news

RESEARCHconnect is closely monitoring all the relevant news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the consequences for the research funding landscape. This dedicated page will report on the funding and support announced to help assist organisations through this difficult period. 

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News disclaimer: all news is accurate as of the date it was published

Covid 19 Eu Manifesto

European Commission Sets Out Manifesto for EU COVID-19 Research

Fri, 31 July, 2020
Commission aims to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19.

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Ukri Ethnicity

UKRI Launches Second COVID-19 and Ethnicity Research Highlight Notice

Wed, 29 July, 2020
The highlight notice seeks to fill gaps in knowledge not addressed by the first call in this critical area.

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Fast Funding

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science Open to Applications

Tue, 14 July, 2020
Fast Grants has opened a second call for applications.

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Gilead Drug

Gilead Sciences Fund Examining Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 and Effectiveness of Remdesivir Drug

Mon, 13 July, 2020
Funding for proposals of up to $250,000 exploring the long-term impact of COVID-19 infections and the effect of the disease on vulnerable populations.

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Support Research Sector Through COVID 19

UK Government Announces Funds to Support Research Sector through COVID-19

Mon, 29 June, 2020
Two support packages will be available to provide greater job protection to researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities affected by COVID-19.

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Vaccines Strategy

European Commission Publishes EU COVID-19 Vaccines Strategy

Fri, 19 June, 2020
New strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19.

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NIHR Policy Responses

Research to Inform Policy Responses to COVID-19 in the Health and Social Care Systems

Wed, 17 June, 2020
Application is now open for funding for multidisciplinary research projects to inform the policy response to challenges posed by COVID-19 and to capture learning arising from the pandemic.

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BES Dentistry

New COVID-19 Call to Address the Impact of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

Thu, 11 June, 2020
Funding available for short term research activity aimed at addressing and/or mitigating the impacts of Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) in dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Applications Invited Encephalitis

Applications Invited for Encephalitis and COVID-19 Seed Funding

Wed, 10 June, 2020
Seed funding available for researchers worldwide for a specific project on encephalitis and COVID-19.

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Health Foundation Launches COVID 19

Health Foundation Launches COVID-19 Research Programme

Wed, 10 June, 2020
Funding for UK-focused projects that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health inequalities and service changes in the health and social care system.

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IDRC SIDA Launch

Call for COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program

Wed, 10 June, 2020
IDRC and SIDA have launched a call to deepen understanding of how to develop responsible evidence-based artificial intelligence and data science approaches that support COVID-19 response and recovery in LMICs.

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Recovery Learning Call

New NIHR COVID-19: Recovery and Learning Call

Tue, 09 June, 2020
Funding is available across all NIHR programmes to gain a greater understanding of the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase.

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Modern Slavery

AHRC Opens New Call on the Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery

Fri, 05 June, 2020
New COVID-19 rapid response funding call for research that can generate evidence to improve understanding of the effects of the pandemic on behaviours and structures associated with modern slavery.

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Environmental Solutions COVID 19

Events Series Announced to Help Find Environmental Solutions to COVID-19

Thu, 04 June, 2020
NERC is seeking participants to take part in an innovative online events series to find environmental solutions to COVID-19.

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Covid 19 Mental Health

COVID-19 and Mental Health Highlight Notice Added to NIHR-UKRI Rapid Response

Wed, 03 June, 2020
Call seeks to reduce the mental health harms of those combatting, infected with or affected by COVID-19.

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Beis Survey

BEIS Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Researchers

Wed, 03 June, 2020
Online survey seeks views on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the activities of researchers and research groups.

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THIS Institute COVID 19 Intensive Care Experiences

Applications Invited for THIS Institute COVID-19: Intensive Care Experiences Fellowship

Wed, 27 May, 2020
Fellowship to enable an experienced qualitative researcher to lead a project that will document the experiences of people who have been critically ill with COVID-19 and been cared for in an ICU.

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NERC COVID 19 Digital Sprint Hackathons

NERC COVID-19 Digital Sprint Hackathons Initiative Announced

Mon, 25 May, 2020
A series of multidisciplinary hackathon and challenge competitions will assess the environmental impacts of COVID-19 through analysis of NERC digital assets and datasets.

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Pfizer

Pfizer Launches Vaccine Preventable Diseases - COVID-19 Request for Proposals

Wed, 20 May, 2020
Grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to support research that will increase knowledge of COVID-19.

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INTERREG Northern Periphery

INTERREG Northern Periphery and Arctic Launches Covid-19 Call for Project Applications

Wed, 20 May, 2020
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme has launched a preparatory project call addressing COVID-19 response initiatives.

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Second Horizon Covid 19

European Commission Launches Second Horizon 2020 COVID-19 Funding Call

Tue, 19 May, 2020
Second Horizon 2020 call for rapid coronavirus research now open.

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Global Effort On COVID 19

NIHR Announces 'Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research' Funding Programme

Mon, 18 May, 2020
Funding is available for applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps to help understand the pandemic and mitigate its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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EPSRC Decarbon8 Network

EPSRC DecarboN8 Network Plus Issues Rapid Response Road-Space Reallocation Fund

Fri, 15 May, 2020
Rapid Response funding has been issued support the monitoring and evaluation of road-space reallocation measures in the North of England.

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UKRI Gcrfnewton Fund Agile Response Call

UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response Call to Address COVID-19

Mon, 11 May, 2020
Proposals for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Low and Middle Income Countries.

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CEPI Launches Additional Call

CEPI Launches Additional Call for the Rapid Development of Vaccines Against COVID-19

Thu, 07 May, 2020
CEPI has launched a new call to achieve an unprecedented acceleration of vaccine development and global manufacturing capacity to prevent COVID-19.

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FOREUM Special Call

FOREUM Special Call for Research Proposals on COVID-19 in RMDs

Wed, 06 May, 2020
Support is offered for projects investigating the impact of COVID-19 in Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease (RMD) patients.

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Engineering X Pandemic

Applications Open for Engineering X Pandemic Preparedness Programme

Tue, 05 May, 2020
A programme to support the UK and global engineering community to learn from the current COVID-19 pandemic through sharing solutions in the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from pandemics.

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AFRUK

AFRUK Launches New COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Programme

Fri, 1 May, 2020
Specialist equipment (Kirkstall Quasi Vivo Systems) and support is available for animal-free research that directly relates to ongoing COVID-19 research.

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EHDEN

EHDEN COVID-19 Rapid Collaboration Call

Thu, 30 April, 2020
A simplified application and evaluation process has been applied to this rapid response call.

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Viiv Healthcare Global HIV COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund

ViiV Healthcare Global HIV and COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Wed, 29 April, 2020
£1.5 million in funding to support scientific research on the impact of COVID-19 on people living with HIV.

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NIHR BHF Cardiovascular Partnership Framework COVID 19 Research

NIHR-BHF Cardiovascular Partnership: Framework for COVID-19 Research

Tue, 28 April, 2020
This new initiative supports the UK cardiovascular research community to carry out flagship COVID-19 research projects. 

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British Academy Launches COVID 19 Special Research Grants

British Academy Launches COVID-19 Special Research Grants

Tue, 28 April, 2020
Grants of up to £10,000 available to humanities and social science researchers to bring their specific insights to bear on the global health pandemic resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Society Academic Emergency Medicine COVID 19 Research Grant

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine COVID-19 Research Grant

Tue, 28 April, 2020
Grant funding available for emergency care research related to COVID-19.

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CEPI Centralized Laboratory

CEPI Centralized Laboratory for Measurement of Immune Responses Elicited by SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Candidates

Fri, 24 April, 2020
CEPI has launched a new call for laboratories able to perform one or more vaccine-relevant immunological assays for SARS-CoV-2 for preclinical and/or human samples under GLP/GCLP conditions.

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Spencer Foundation Research Grants Education

Spencer Foundation Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle

Fri, 24 April, 2020
This rapid funding call seeks to support innovative academic research projects that will contribute to understanding changes in education and improving education during the coronavirus pandemic.

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IAU OAD Call COVID 19 Related Proposals

IAU OAD Call for COVID-19 Related Proposals

Fri, 24 April, 2020
Funding is being offered on a fast-track basis for innovative projects that use an aspect of astronomy to overcome the coronavirus pandemic or address its negative effects on society.

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NBER Announces Research Grants Women Victimization COVID 19

NBER Announces Research Grants on Women, Victimization and COVID-19

Thu, 23 April, 2020
Research grants available to support projects related to women, victimisation and domestic violence with a specific emphasis on the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID 19 Ethnicity Highlight Notice NIHR UKRI Rapid Response

COVID-19 and Ethnicity Highlight Notice Added to NIHR-UKRI Rapid Response Rolling Call

Thu, 23 April, 2020
Call will investigate emerging evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes.

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NERC Launches New COVID 19 Public Engagement Grant

NERC Launches New COVID-19 Public Engagement Grant

Thu, 23 April, 2020
As a result of the current disruption caused by COVID-19, this scheme will fund projects for new or adapted public engagement with environmental science activities, which understand, address or mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

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AXA Research Fund Call Proposals Mitigating Risk

AXA Research Fund: Mitigating Risk in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wed, 22 April, 2020
This 'exceptional flash' call for proposals seeks to assess current and future effects of the coronavirus pandemic on communities, health systems and the environment.

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Urgent Call Evidence Air Quality Changes UK During Coronavirus Pandemic

Urgent Call for Evidence on Air Quality Changes in the UK During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wed, 22 April, 2020
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) has issued a request for evidence from the research community to assess the coronavirus pandemic's effects on air pollution.

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PEDL Launches Special Exploratory Research Grant Call Economic Impacts Coronavirus

PEDL Launches Special Exploratory Research Grant Call on the Economic Impacts of Coronavirus

Wed, 22 April, 2020
PEDL alongside its new partner CDC Group has launched a special ERG for research into the economic impacts of coronavirus.

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Academics Invited Contribute Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiries COVID 19

Academics Invited to Contribute to Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiries on COVID-19

Wed, 22 April, 2020
Researchers and academics are being invited to contribute written evidence to parliamentary select committees investigating a range of aspects of the impact of the pandemic.

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Isdb Enhancing Member Countries Preparedness Response COVID 19 Pandemic

IsDB Enhancing Member Countries Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue, 21 April, 2020
Funding is available for innovations to support Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Member Countries and Muslim communities worldwide in their preparedness and response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pfizer Inviting Applications COVID 19 Competitive Grant

Pfizer Inviting Applications to its COVID-19 Competitive Grant Programme

Tue, 21 April, 2020
This request for proposals has a $5 million budget and is currently open until mid-May. Reviews and approvals will be carried out on a rolling basis.

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France ANR Issues New COVID 19 Action Research Call

France's ANR Issues New COVID-19 Action Research Call

Mon, 20 April, 2020
Funding is available for short- and medium-term action research projects in France on the topic of COVID-19.

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Medical Research Scotland COVID 19 Research Grant

Medical Research Scotland COVID-19 Research Grant

Fri, 17 April, 2020
COVID-19 funding of up to £20,000 for new and existing research.

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Emerald Open Research Publishing Fund COVID 19 Research

Emerald Open Research Publishing Fund for COVID-19 and Pandemic Research

Mon, 13 April, 2020
Emerald Publishing has launched a £20,000 fund to support Article Processing Charges for research related to the societal impact of coronavirus published on Emerald Open Research.

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Global Innovation Fund Support COVID 19 Innovations

Global Innovation Fund Support for COVID-19 Innovations

Mon, 13 April, 2020
Support available for innovations with potential to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries.

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Research Support COVID 19 Response Humanitarian Settings

Research to Support COVID-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings

Thu, 09 April, 2020
Elrha has launched an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.

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DHSC Launches COVID 19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

DHSC Launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Thu, 09 April, 2020
Funding for research addressing COVID-19 knowledge gaps and needs that will lead to public health benefits - primarily in the UK but potentially overseas - within 12 months.

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Wellcome Trust Global COVID Zero Initiative Appeal Businesses

Wellcome Trust Global COVID-Zero Initiative: Appeal to Businesses to Fund R&D

Wed, 08 April, 2020
The Wellcome Trust hopes the new COVID-Zero coalition will raise $8 billion from businesses around the world to help fund vaccines, treatments and testing for COVID-19.

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DASA Launches COVID 19 Call Armed Forces Coronavirus Effort

DASA Launches COVID-19 Call to help Armed Forces in Coronavirus Effort

Wed, 08 April, 2020
Funding available for projects that could increase the Ministry of Defence’s capabilities and work as part of the national effort against coronavirus/COVID-19 or similar future threats.

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European Cultural Foundation Launches Culture Of Solidarity Fund

European Cultural Foundation Launches Culture of Solidarity Fund

Tue, 07 April, 2020
New fund to support a European Culture of Solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cancer Research UK Publish Open Letter To Researchers

Cancer Research UK Publish Open Letter to Researchers

Tue, 07 April, 2020
An open letter details the financial impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on CRUK and the steps they are taking to mitigate the repercussions.

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Harrington Scholar Award Coronavirus

Harrington Scholar Award for Coronavirus Opens Today for Applications

Tue, 07 April, 2020
A call to support the global fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) and potential future pandemic events. The call has an imminent deadline for applications.

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EDCTP Ccall Covid 19 Research Sub Saharan Africa

EDCTP Launches Funding Call for COVID-19 Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 06 April, 2020
Urgent call for proposals for management or prevention of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

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France Launches Investing Future R&D Call Projects COVID 19

France Launches Investing in the Future R&D Call for Projects on COVID-19

Mon, 06 April, 2020
Funding is available to industry/academic consortia for research and development projects on the topic of treatment for COVID-19. This includes funding for clinical trials in France.

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UKRI Announces Extension All Imminent Deadlines

UKRI Announces Extension of All Imminent Deadlines

Fri, 03 April, 2020
UK Research and Innovation has announced the extension of all imminent deadlines from across the UK’s research councils.

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Life Environment Opens New Features Covid 19 Pandemic

LIFE Environment Call Opens with New Features Relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 02 April, 2020
The LIFE Programme has launched its 2020 call for proposals with new features related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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0402 RC Nihr Response Covid19 01

NIHR Response to COVID-19: Urgent Public Health Research

Wed, 01 April, 2020
NIHR has established a single, national prioritisation process for COVID-19 research to prevent duplication of effort and ensure that the resources and capacity of the health care system are not exceeded.

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0402 RC Cepi Sponsor Cro 01

CEPI Call for Sponsor and CRO for Clinical Trials with COVID-19 Candidate Vaccines

Wed, 01 April, 2020
CEPI is requesting information from entities able to serve as possible sponsors or to provide operational trial support (Clinical Research Organizations) for clinical trials involving vaccine candidates against COVID-19.

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0401 RC UKRI Open Call 01

UKRI Launches Open Call for Research and Innovation Ideas to Address COVID-19

Tue, 31 March, 2020
Funding available for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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RC 30 Rapid Call 01

Covid-19 Rapid Call for Access to the CLF's Octopus Facility

Fri, 27 March, 2020
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.

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RC 27 Additional Round 01

Additional Round of IHS Humane Studies Fellowships For PhD Students Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak

Thu, 26 March, 2020
Additional summer fellowships for humane studies research available for PhD students disrupted by COVID-19 outbreak.

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RC 27 Blueprints Emergency 01

Blueprints for Emergency Ventilation Equipment: Launch of Idea Competition to Help Tackle COVID-19

Thu, 26 March, 2020
The global idea competition seeks contributions for 3D-printable designs for ventilators, respiratory masks, valves and oxygen tanks.

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RC 27 Bma Foundation 01

BMA Foundation Announces COVID-19 Grant

Thu, 26 March, 2020
Funding available for UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists for research into COVID-19.

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RC 27 Cso Launch 01

Additional Round of IHS Humane Studies Fellowships For PhD Students Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak

Thu, 26 March, 2020
Additional summer fellowships for humane studies research available for PhD students disrupted by COVID-19 outbreak.

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RC 26 Support For Development 01

Support for Development of Vaccines against COVID19

Thu, 26 March, 2020
TRANSVAC2 encourages researchers working on COVID19 to apply for the high-quality technical vaccine development services.

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RC 26 Dasa Launches 01

DASA Launches COVID-19 Call for Rapid Sanitising Technology for Ambulances

Thu, 26 March, 2020
Call seeks to speed up time it takes to sterilise ambulances after transporting patients suspected of having COVID-19 virus.

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RC 26 Nerc Unrgency 01

NERC Urgency Grants Related to Coronavirus Outbreak

Thu, 26 March, 2020
NERC has launched a new call under its Urgency Grants scheme to help with the Coronavirus Outbreak.

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RC 26 Call For Code 01

Call for Code Global Initiative Includes COVID-19

Wed, 25 March, 2020
The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge has expanded to take on COVID-19 in addition to climate change.

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RC 26 Research England 01

Research England Announces Postponement to REF 2021 Assessment

Wed, 25 March, 2020
Government coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency planning for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

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RC 25 Nuffield Foundation 01

Nuffield Foundation Announce Funding Changes

Wed, 25 March, 2020
The Nuffield Foundation has updated their funding processes to support applicants during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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RC 25 British Society 01

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy COVID-19 Funding Call

Tue, 24 March, 2020
The British Society for Antmicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) has launched a funding call to support projects to better understand and address the COVID-19 outbreak.

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RC 25 Wellcome Trust 01

Wellcome Trust Extends Upcoming Deadlines

Tue, 24 March, 2020
The Wellcome Trust has announced an extension of its imminent deadlines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RC 24 Deadline Approaching 01

Deadline Approaching for Rapid Code Life Ventilator Challenge

Tue, 24 March, 2020
The global competition will reward teams that successfully design a low-cost, easy-to-use ventilator for patients suffering from COVID-19.

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RC 24 European Commision 01

European Commission Extends Horizon 2020 Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

Mon, 23 March, 2020
All deadlines up to 15 April have been extended to allow applicants sufficient time to prepare their proposals.

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RC 23 Innovative Solutions 01

France's Ministry of the Armed Forces Launches Call for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19

Fri, 20 March, 2020
Funding is available to academic or industry establishments or consortia to develop innovative solutions directly applicable to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in France.

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RC 20 Ukri Announcement Research Thum 01

UKRI Announcement on Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-Supported Research

Fri, 20 March, 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has released information regarding coronavirus and the impact on the UK's research and innovation community.

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RC 17Th Brussels Relaxes Thum 01

Brussels relaxes EU state aid rules related to coronavirus

Tue, 17 March, 2020
EU Member States are allowed to temporarily grant direct subsidies or tax benefits of up to € 500,000 to companies as support for the corona virus. 

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RC 17Th EIB 40 Billion Thum 01

EIB: € 40 billion for Corona affected companies

Tue, 17 March, 2020
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to release € 40 billion quickly to deal with the corona crisis. The money should be made available to companies affected by coronavirus measures across Europe.

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RC 17Th 25 Billion Fund Thum 01

EU sets up fund of € 25 billion for economic consequences of coronavirus

Tue, 17 March, 2020
The European Union (EU) will set up a € 25 billion investment fund to combat economic problems caused by the corona virus, which will be used to support healthcare, small businesses and the labor market.

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RC 16Th NIHR Travel Thum 01

NIHR Travel and Subsistence Funding to Support LMIC Engagement During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mon, 16 March, 2020
NIHR has announced new funding to cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred by providing scientific and technical advice to low and middle-income countries in respect of COVID-19.

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RC 10Th BMGF Thum 01

BMGF, Wellcome Trust and Mastercard Announce New 'COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator' Initiative

Tue, 10 March, 2020
A new 'COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator' initiative, worth $125 million, has been launched to speed up the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19.

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RC Poverty Thum 01

Innovations for Poverty Action is Accepting Research Proposals for COVID-19 Response

Tue, 10 March, 2020
The Peace & Recovery Program is currently accepting off-cycle proposals.

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RC 3Rd Medicines Thum 01

Launch of Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI 2) Call 21 to Combat Coronavirus

Tue, 03 March, 2020
Fast-track call for proposals to advance knowledge of COVID-19 and more widely on the coronavirus family.

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