A round-up of Covid-19 funding opportunities and open calls. Updated 19th August 2020.

 

This is a round-up of all the funding opportunities available for the fight against Covid-19. If you would like to add a funding opportunity, please contact us.

There are also further opportunities at our initiatives and resources page.

If your study requires collection of samples or health data, see this information from the National Institute for Health Research – Prioritising funding and support for COVID-19 research across the UK.

 

Further information from KTN

Covid-19 hub page
Covid-19: response from KTN
Covid-19: round-up of initiatives and resources
Covid-19 National Contact points
Covid-19 – Help and support for businesses
Covid-19: regulatory guidance
Covid-19: product specifications

 

NHS Innovation Accelerator Call for Applicants – 2021 cohort

The next call for NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellows launches on 1 September 2020, closing at 23:59 on 16 October 2020. The 2021 recruitment Call has aligned with the current NHS priorities of COVID-19 Reset and Recovery. As such, applications for this Call must address at least one of the following themes:

  • NHS response to COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • Supporting the workforce

Webinars will be held on 8/9, 9/9, 22/9 and 8/10. Deadline 16th October. Click here for details.

 

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your organisation could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.

Find out more and apply. Closes 30th September 2020.

 

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Apply by 30th September 2020. More details here.

 

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

The Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential, that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19. The scheme will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential. The Scheme is designed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank.

The Government has made £250 million available for the Future Fund, and will keep this amount under review. The scheme is initially open for applications until the end of September 2020.

Loans of £125,000 to £5m are available, and must be 100% matched by investors in the company.

For more information, click here.

 

Coronavirus business innovation support package

Loans are available to Innovate UK award holders whose funded projects have been interrupted by Covid-19.

  • Continuity loans: Up to £210 million is available in continuity loans to SMEs and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing a live project for which they are have an award from Innovate UK. Loans are for organisations that that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic. This innovation continuity loan may be suitable if you need funding of between £250,000 and £1,600,000. These will be open until all the funds are allocated or until 31st December 2020, whichever is sooner.

For more details of the funding available, click here.

 

Travel and subsistence to support low and middle-income country engagement

The awards will provide travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries. The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation.

Applications are open until further notice, on a rolling basis. Applications should ideally be submitted at least 2 weeks before planned travel.

Click here for more details.

 

Further worldwide funding opportunities

Competitive Fund for Peace and Recovery – Innovation for Poverty Action’s Peace & Recovery Program is accepting off-cycle proposals, capped at $50,000, for time-sensitive additions to research projects that study or support the COVID-19 response. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

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