Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

We will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration, in any subject area within UKRI’s remit, 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.

Projects can be up to 18 months long.

Grants will be awarded at 80% of the full economic cost for research council funding, or in line with Innovate UK’s funding rules. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply.

Read about Innovate UK’s funding rules in Innovate UK’s guidance for applicants.

We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call.

Apply to switch your existing funding

Repurposing your existing grant is the quickest way to start the research.

Companies and organisations being funded by Innovate UK, who wish to re-purpose their grant for COVID-19 purposes, should approach their monitoring officer in the first instance and progress any requests through the project change request (PCR) system.

The closing date is Tuesday 15 December at 16:00 for submission to research councils. Innovate UK final round for this competition will close on Wednesday 9 December at 11:00. See ‘How to apply’ for details.

Before applying, you should check the details of projects that are already funded to avoid duplicating existing work.

See all UKRI-funded COVID-19 projects.

You should also check our priority areas for funding to increase your chances of submitting a successful application.

See our current priority areas for COVID-19 funding (PDF, 152KB).

Areas that are now out of scope include:

  • funding to directly mitigate the effects of the pandemic on specific institutions and businesses
  • longer term research proposals that address the COVID-19 emergency or future pandemics

Visit funding web page