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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

Tsinghua - Cambridge Joint Research Initiative Fund in Sustainability and Future Emerging Technologies 

This call aims to fund a number of collaborative projects between academic groups at the two universities that are seeking to contribute to addressing urgent challenges in relation to the Covid-19 global health emergency. 

Submission deadline: Monday August 31, 2020, 5pm local time.


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). Please see here for more information.


Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Awards

A rolling emergency funding scheme to make awards, up to a maximum for each award of £20,000, to Cambridge and African researchers working together to address COVID-19 in Africa. Projects are expected to address an immediate need defined by the African partner in relation to a regional, national or local COVID-19 response. 

Please contact to discuss your proposal and the collaboration it entails. Cambridge-Africa can link together researchers with similar research interests should this be necessary.


External Covid-19 funding schemes

UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Low and Middle Income Countries.

This call is funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund. These Funds address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and strengthen capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. These Funds form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.


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.


NIHR COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

NIHR and UKRI are holding a rolling call for proposals for research into COVID-19. The call is for UK-led academic, small and medium enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months.


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


Fast Grants

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, you are invited to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours.


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