Covid-19 Research


Funding opportunities

Latest research funding opportunities from external funders aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.

Calls with deadlines are listed first, followed by open calls with no fixed closing date.


UK-US research: Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases 2021

Apply to research the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. UKRI wish to encourage high quality, innovative research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the UK component. Successful projects will be funded for up to five years.
Closing date: 5pm, 24 November 2021
Find out more and apply on the UKRI website


Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research

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.

This is a rarely awarded emergency route for exceptional circumstances.
Closing date: Open - no closing date
Find out more and apply on the UKRI website

Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

ONS Datasets available and ESRC funding

ONS now has eight de-identified datasets related to the Covid-19 pandemic available for accredited researchers to apply to use. These include:

  • Business Impact of Covid-19 Survey (BICS)
  • Census 2011 for England and Wales – Household structure for Covid-19 models
  • Covid-19 Wastewater data
  • NHS Test and Trace Data
  • Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain (OPN Covid-19 module)
  • Death registration data for England and Wales – provisional monthly extracts
  • Covid-19 Infection Survey
  • Census 2011 and Death Registrations Linked dataset, England and Wales

For those who are interested in using these datasets for research in the public interest, there are a number of pathways for funding the work via the ESRC.
Closing date: Ongoing
Find out more and apply on the ADR UK website

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator

Up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments.
Closing date: Not known
Find out more and apply on the Gates Foundation website


Urgency grants

Urgency proposals related to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Research must fall predominantly within the NERC remit.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the NERC website

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) / Swiss Light Source (SLS) / SwissFEL

Priority access call for work on combating COVID-19

"PRIORITY COVID-19 Call" for short proposals and quick peer review to enable rapid access to beamtime. Research proposals shall have the potential to effectively contribute to the understanding of the virus and/or to improve the clinical or public health response and patient care.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the PSI website

USA Department of Energy, Department of Defence, CDC, NIH, BARDA, MIT, Johns Hopkins, National Science

Multiple funding schemes

Various funding opportunities specific to COVID-19.
Closing date: Open
Find out more and apply on the John Hopkins University website

Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)

PRACE support to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the PRACE website


Novartis COVID-19 response fund

The Novartis COVID-19 Response Fund will provide $20million in grants to support public health initiatives designed to help communities manage challenges posed by the pandemic. The company has established an accelerated global review process that will allow for quick approval and disbursement of individual grants of up to $1 million.
Closing date: Not specified
Find out more and apply on the Novartis website


HPC Resources available to fight COVID-19

The XSEDE COVID-19 HPC Consortium offer computing capabilities from some of the most powerful and advanced computers in the world.
Closing date: Not known
Find out more and apply on the XSEDE website

Global Innovation Fund (GIF)

COVID-19 response fund

Funding to support the development of innovations with the potential to contribute to the COVID-19 response - and pandemic recovery - in developing countries.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the Global Innovation Fund website

Emerald Open Research

Publishing Fund for COVID-19 and Pandemic Research

Emerald Publishing has launched a £20,000 fund to support Article Processing Charges (APC) for social sciences research relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak and similar healthcare emergencies that is submitted for publication on Emerald Open Publishing.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the Emerald Open Research website

Y Combinator

Response to COVID-19

For start-ups, particularly those working on: tests/ diagnostics, treatments and vaccines, equipment for hospitals, ways to reduce transmissions, monitoring and data infrastructure. YC will fast-track for a handful of promising COVID-19 startups through their admissions process for the summer batch and immediately fund them so they can get started right away. They will participate in YC remotely and can immediately begin doing office hours with YC Partners and getting help from the YC community.
Closing date: No deadline
Find out more and apply on the Y Combinator website