NIHR COVID 19 UK-wide Urgent Public Health Research  National Prioritisation 

Primary funder name: Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR 

Summary text: On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR has established a UK-wide portal for applying for funding and/or prioritised support for urgent COVID-19 research.

COVID-19 Urgent Public Health Research is being prioritised to gather the necessary clinical and epidemiological evidence that will inform national policy and enable new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to be developed and tested for COVID-19.


Open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 

Primary funder name: UK Research and Innovation 

Summary text: This supports short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Projects last between 12 to 18 months and funding covers 80 per cent of full economic costs. 


NIHR-UKRI Joint COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Primary funder name: Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR & UK Research and Innovation

Summary text: For proposals that could lead to a UK, and potentially an international, health (whether clinical or public) benefit within 12 months and which meet this scope (PDF, 68KB) and are seeking funding, you should make your submission to the joint UKRI/DHSC rolling call via the COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call. Please also refer to ESRC or MRC for further relevant information. Applicants must submit via NIHR portal first (please see NIHR tab for internal process) and then they will be directed to complete the joint NIHR/UKRI application form where funding is required.

Highlight notice – COVID-19 and ethnicity

Primary funder name: Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR & UK Research and Innovation

Summary text: Highlight notice for the Covid-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call. This supports research on the impact of COVID-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The size of grants will vary according to the needs of each research project, but will need to provide a robust case for value for money.


NIHR-BHF cardiovascular partnership covid-19 research

Primary funder name: British Heart Foundation

Closing date: No deadline

Summary text: This seeks proposals from the cardiovascular research community for covid-19 flagship projects.


Research to support COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings

Primary funder name: Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance & Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

Closing date: 3 May 20

Summary text: This aims to support research focusing on priority topics related to the current COVID-19 outbreak in humanitarian settings in low- and middle -income countries.


Special Research Grants: COVID-19

Primary funder name: British Academy

Closing date: 27 May 20

Summary text: The British Academy is inviting humanities and social science researchers to bring their specific insights to bear on the global health pandemic resulting from COVID-19.


Health Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries

Primary funder name: Medical Research Council

Closing date: 28 May 20

Summary text: In recognition of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the funders welcome proposals to research under this scheme.

Innovative proposals are sought from across the public health, social and biomedical sciences to the seventh annual call for the Health Systems Research Initiative. Up to £4.7 million is available for funding foundation and full proposals under this call.