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Covid-19

Covid-19 continues to be present in our lives at home and at work.  KTN is ideally placed to work for the greater good and has already demonstrated its powerful connections through work on the Vaccines Taskforce, the Ventilator Challenge and advising the government on social distancing.  We can bring together sectors to work on supply chain issues and our network can be a source of innovative solutions and approaches.

KTN continues to support funding calls by signposting our network to them and by holding online briefing events.  Covid-specific calls that are relevant to our audience will be listed on our main funding page.

As the pandemic became more widespread, KTN curated links to a wide variety of initiatives, resources, specifications and international links. These continue to be updated.

Initiatives and resources

Signposting for businesses

Guidance (including regulatory)

International links

See our Global Covid-19 page for international resources, including funding and worldwide initiatives.

Contact

If you think you have solutions, resources or other ideas which can help tackle some of the effects of Covid-19, or need connecting with a specific sector, please get in touch with KTN and we will direct you to the teams working on solving some of these challenges. Email Covid-19@ktn-uk.org

Funding Opportunities

Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund

New £20 million fund to grow UK life sciences manufacturing opens for applications

Opens: 07/04/2021 Closes: 30/06/2021

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Biomedical catalyst 2021: early and late stage awards

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies, and processes.

Opens: 07/06/2021 Closes: 26/08/2021

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Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Recorded: 15th April

National Core Studies Immunity programme initiative: Next generation assays to assess cellular immunity against SARS-CoV-2

The Covid-19 National Core Studies (NCS) Immunity programme, in collaboration with Innovate UK and MRC is looking to assess cellular immunity against SARS-CoV- 2. To support this work, KTN is organising a workshop on 15th April, which will include presentations from the NCS Immunity programme.

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News

08.06.2021

£2.75m acquisition of CyberASAP startup demonstrates potential and importance of academic commercialisation

Crossword Cybersecurity Plc acquires Verifiable Credentials, provider of Identiproof™, boosting prospects for Covid-19 Status Certificates.

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24.03.2021

The importance of low-cost air sanitation devices in the fight against Covid-19 and pandemics

Not-for-profit group with effective and low-cost air-sanitiser designs requests support from experts who can accelerate testing, development and raise awareness of the need for air-sanitation in the fight against Covid-19 and future pandemics.

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