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Funding calls

Due to the rapid pace at which the Covid-19 outbreak is evolving, funding calls are now being issued largely to help support rapid action responses. The following calls have been announced.


Cambridge University internal funding call

Internal funding opportunity: GCRF QR 2020-21

Applications are invited to the University’s GCRF QR internal funding call for the academic year 2020-21 for activities running from 1st August 2020 (Round 5) until 31st July 2021. Please note that funding is pending Research England confirming the GCRF QR 20/21 allocation

This call is now only open for Scheme 3: Response Fund to provide funding for urgent research needs, for a rapid response to emergencies in developing countries, such as disease outbreaks (e.g. recent ZIKA outbreak, COVID-19).

Applications may be made for grants of up to £30,000 (other amounts would be considered, if properly justified and funding available) and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please see here for more information.


Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, NIAB and British Antarctic Survey) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations.

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund competitively awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:

  • research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment)
  • research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa
  • conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).

To access the online application form, the Cambridge based applicant must Register Here. Only applicants with,,, and email addresses can register.

Deadline: 6th September 2020


External Covid-19 funding schemes

European Research Area  (ERA) corona platform 

A one-stop shop providing comprehensive information about funding opportunities in relation to Coronavirus at European Union and national level.

It offers continuously updated information about Horizon 2020 call deadline extensions, specific or related to Coronavirus funded and ongoing projectsFAQs and other useful links.


UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

NOTE: Click here for the latest information on the impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research. It would be useful to refer back to this and the UKRI Coronavirus Hub for further updates as the situation evolves.


COVID-19 Research Project Tracker by UKCDR & GloPID-R

UKCDR and GloPID-R have developed a live database of funded research projects on COVID-19 that will help funders and researchers identify gaps and opportunities and inform future research investments or coordination needs.

UKCDR also has a useful funding call page, see here


COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator 

A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard initiative to speed development of and access to therapies for COVID-19. For more details contact



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