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Coronavirus funding calls

The University has implemented a new process to manage and maintain oversight of research grant applications for projects related to the Covid-19 pandemic. A cross-faculty panel will conduct internal assessments for all proposals relating to Covid-19 research to determine whether proposals will be supported for submission.

The Panel will allow the University to assess:

  • resource/estate implications (e.g. safe access to laboratories and facilities or use of equipment that may also be required for NHS purposes [incl. reagents/PPE])
  • the perspective of identifying opportunities for the integration of different but complementary proposals;
  • to avoid the duplication of effort; and
  • to provide institutional oversight of the scale and diversity of this activity

All researchers planning to submit research grant proposals relating to Covid-19 research are therefore required to complete the pro-forma here and submit it to C19ResQueries@qub.ac.uk at least 5 working days prior to the application deadline/planned date of submission.

Prospective applicants are advised to review the following portals which list recent Covid-19 related awards that have already been funded this will help to avoid duplication but may also highlight opportunites for collaboration/synergy. Funders have noted that they will carry out “overlap checks” on all new applications.

If you have any questions or would like additional information on these, please contact the Research Development team.


Title: Open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Funder: UKRI
Deadline: No Deadline for submissions
Duration: Between 12-18 Months
Funding: No upper limit
Summary: Applications are invited for new research or innovation projects with a clear impact pathway which aim to:

  • Deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Support the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gather critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Title: Special Research Grants: COVID-19

Funder: British Academy
Deadline: Wednesday 27th May 2020
Duration: Up to 24 months
Funding: Up to £10,000
Summary: These awards will equip social science or humanities researchers to undertake individual or collaborative research projects with identifiable outcomes. Insights from these research grants will inform and enrich our understanding and response in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways, from exploring complex, international, and interdisciplinary dimensions of their research to increasing the scope for practical applications.


Title: COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Funder: NIHR, UKRI
Deadline: Open
Duration: Up to 12 months
Funding: No upper limit given
Summary: Short term projects that specifically address health related aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, proposals must be able to demonstrate the potential to deliver public health impacts within 12 months and should build on existing partnerships and/or collaborations. Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed, where appropriate. The funders expect to make decisions within 4 weeks of submission with projects expected to begin as soon as possible after notification. 


Title: NERC COVID-19 public engagement grant

Funder: NERC
Deadline: Wednesday 13th May
Duration: Must complete by 31/03/2021
Funding: Up to £10,000
Summary: This initiative aims to help researchers explore different and better methods of public engagement with research that they would not otherwise be able to implement. This could include, for instance, alternative ways to gather data that would otherwise be collected on fieldwork; how a diversity of audience groups will be affected and able to access digital engagement; or, the deployment of citizen science approaches.


Title: HRC R&D Division Covid-19 Funding

Funder: HSC R&D NI
Deadline: None provided
Duration: Up to 18 months
Funding: Up to £200,000
Summary: This NI focused initiative will provide support across three general categories: [1] requests for co-funding for NI-based elements of a wider project in conjunction with applications to other funders (e.g. NIHR, UKRI, SFI); [2] Applications for NI-led studies where the primary aim is to understand the local context of Covid-19; [3] small scale studies such as pilot interventions or qualitative projects based in NI.


TitleIAA COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Fund

Funder:  ESRC (internally managed)
Deadline:  Open
Duration:  None provided
Funding: Up to £3,000
Summary:This Covid-19 focused strand of the IAA invites applications for impact generation projects and activities that that draw on social science research relevant to the current coronavirus outbreak. This could include initiatives relating to economic, health and wellbeing, behavioural, social, political, and communications implications of the pandemic. Projects should be able to start immediately and able to be implemented under current ‘stay at home’ working conditions.


Title: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants

Funder: AHRC
Deadline: 31st October 2020
Duration: Up to 12 months
Funding: Up to £150,000
Summary: This call provides an accelerated funding outlet for urgent arts and humanities research priorities.

Applications are invited in response to unanticipated urgent research needs, including (but not limited to) disasters, humanitarian emergencies, rapid radical political or economic change, changes to conflicts, or unanticipated time-limited opportunities for research to contribute to international development policy or practice. Research exploring the Covid-19 pandemic and associated international development challenges and impacts is particularly invited.


Title: COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Funder: NIHR, UKRI
Deadline: Open
Duration: Up to 12 months
Funding: No upper limit provided (must provide a robust case for VfM)
Summary: This call aims to support a broad range of timely clinical and/or health related research projects to understand the disease, prevent, treat and control it; that can be rapidly activated to enable early and valuable outcomes to be established and/or to access time-dependent resources. The funders aim to make decisions within 4 weeks of submission and applicants may only have one submission under consideration at any time.


Title: Repurposing existing funding to address Covid-19

Funder: UKRI
Deadline: No Deadline for submissions
Duration: In line with existing award
Funding: No additional funds provided
Summary: Recipients of existing UKRI funding are invited to submit proposals to repurpose their current funding award to address research topics directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic in line with the aims above. 


Title: COVID-19 Rapid Response

Funder: Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland
Deadline: Closed to new applications from 1st May 2020
Duration: None provided
Funding: No upper limit given
Summary: The aim of this call is to fund research, development, and innovation (RD&I) activities that will deliver significant and timely impact for Ireland within the context of the current emergency. Potential activities may include the development of innovative solutions based on new or alternative approaches and methodologies to address immediate national needs.  Applications that propose the adaptation, blending or re-purposing of existing products, processes, technologies and infrastructures are also strongly encouraged.


Title: Government support for research related to COVID-19

Funder: NIHR
Deadline: Open
Duration: None provided
Funding: No upper limit given
Summary: Urgent Public Health Research is being prioritised to gather the necessary clinical and epidemiological evidence that will inform national policy and enable new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to be developed and tested for COVID-19. Government support is available to prioritise, coordinate and deliver these studies, regardless of sponsorship and funding source


Title: Small grants for early-career researchers in tropical medicine or global health

Funder: NIHR
Deadline: 5pm 27 April 2020
Duration: None provided
Funding: up to £5,000
Summary: The aim of the small grants is to enable early career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research and/or fieldwork. Particular areas of interest include Covid-19, snakebites and the overlap between tropical diseases and other non-communicable disease


Title: COVID-19 funding call

Funder: British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)
Deadline: EoIs due 17th April 2020, full submissions 1st May 2020
Duration: None provided
Funding: up to £25,000 (larger amounts provided)
Summary: This call aims to support researchers in better understanding and addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding may be provided for new projects, extensions of existing projects and expenditure of staff or consumables. Research findings will be considered for fast track open access online publication in the access journal JAC-AMR.


Title: Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement

Funder: NIHR
Deadline: 31st December 2020
Duration: None provided
Funding: No upper limit given
Summary: This call will support 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.


Title: Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business

Funder: UK Government
Deadline: Open
Duration: Open
Funding: no upper limit given
Summary: The UK Government is seeking proposals from UK businesses who can provided support, resources or manufacturing capacity to assist with the national response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Any business that feels they may be able to help should complete the form at the link below.


Further opportunities can be found on the Coronavirus Funding Monitor, a curated list, updated daily, of open funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, specifically for COVID-19 and coronavirus-related research.