Joint Research Office


Covid-19 rapid response funding awards issued

4 August 2020

18 Covid-19 UCL research projects have been awarded grants in a competitive rapid response funding call.

More than £700,000 in total has been awarded to projects including: one seeking to develop rapid, portable antibody testing; one following patients after hospitalisation for Covid-19; and one looking at how passengers on buses can be kept safe.

Funding comes from multiple sources including the UCL Coronavirus Response Fund (It’s All Academic campaign), UCLH Biomedical Research Centre (UCLH BRC), and the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

4 projects will also be co-funded by Moorfields Eye Hospital BRC (MEH BRC).

The 18 projects to receive funding are:

  • COVID-19 post hospitalisation follow-up study, Professor Sam Janes     
  • COVIDTrach; a UK national cohort study of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients undergoing tracheostomy, Dr Nick Hamilton     
  • Defining neutralising antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection, Dr Laura McCoy    
  • Establishing a mechanism for Covid19 inflammatory disease, Professor Greg Towers
  • How does SARS-CoV-2 affect the nervous system? (MEH BRC co-funded) Dr Ross Paterson and Dr Laura Benjamin
  • Mitigating The Inequitable Effects Of Covid-19 Using Community And Cultural Assets (MEH BRC co-funded), Professor Helen Chatterjee
  • Optimising 2020 secondary school transition processes during the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Sandra Leaton-Gray    
  • Predicting beneficial versus harmful responses immune responses in COVID-19 (MEH BRC co-funded), Professor Lucy Walker
  • Protein degraders of cyclophilin proteins as treatments for SARS-COV-2, Professor David Selwood    
  • Rapid evaluation of vaccine-induced neutralising antibodies against SARS-CoV-2–Building Capacity, Dr Matthew Reeves    
  • Rapid, portable, and scalable Covid-19 antibody testing (MEH BRC co-funded), Professor Stefan Howorka
  • Reducing the risk of aerosols in dentistry and getting dentists back drilling Professor Ian Eames    
  • Safety for Passengers in Buses, Professor Nick Tyler    
  • Serological comparison of proven and suspected cases of COVID-19 pneumonia (SeroCOVID), Professor Jeremy Brown    
  • The Impact of COVID-19 and Lockdown on Foster Carers and Children in Care, Dr Nick Midgley    
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual and reproductive health in Britain, Dr Nigel Field    
  • The psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NHS affiliated staff – monitoring response to the pandemic and the evaluation staff support programmes, Professor Rosalind Raine    
  • You-COPE study: Youth COVID response personal experience: Tracking health and wellbeing amongst 16-24-year-olds in the UK during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Lee Hudson