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Global survey on engineering response to COVID-19

Grant call: now open for applications. Deadline: 1pm on 1 June 2020. 

This grant call seeks innovative, engineering-centred research and/or innovation proposals which have disruptive potential for tackling the most pressing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while building global networks and communities that facilitate the rapid development and deployment of these solutions to areas in need.

What do we want to fund?

Our priority is to support all kinds of projects with the potential to significantly improve the engineering response to the pandemic. 

Below are listed some examples of activity we would look to fund through this initiative. This list is not exhaustive; if you have an idea which does not fall into the categories below and need support getting it off the ground, please contact us and we will see where we can help. Examples:

  • Platforms to share lessons, technologies, and ways of working in the response to COVID-19 between communities of engineers, and with other professional communities
  • Building up knowledge-sharing infrastructure to ensure resources that can be used to fight the pandemic reach the right users
  • Supporting communities to configure the engineering requirements for the response to COVID-19 in different contexts
  • The piloting or testing of engineering solutions to the challenges of the pandemic, or scaling of known solutions to increase their impact


This scheme provides up to £20,000 for projects of a duration up to 12 months. Teams making proposals should include at least one engineer. Projects should use an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to tackle pandemic-related challenges in any field, with impact at global, regional or local levels.

The deadline for this scheme is 1pm (UK time) on 1 June 2020. Applicants can expect a decision on or before 22 June, so that projects can start on 1 July. 

There are two eligibility streams for this programme:

  • Stream 1 is funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and must be aimed to tackle challenges faced in countries on the DAC list
  • Stream 2 will fund innovation projects in UK Universities   

For further details please consult the guidance note linked above. 

In the first instance this call is only open to lead applicants with whom the Academy itself - or a National Academy of Engineering from another country - has an existing or previous relationship. For example, as a named grant holder, collaborator, a partner on a current or previous grant, or an Academy Fellow or Member.

A second grant call for proposals is expected to launch in July 2020. 

Global Survey on Engineering Response to COVID-19

The Academy is conducting a global survey to understand the different roles the world's communities of engineers are playing in the response to COVID-19. Your answers to this survey will help us to understand how engineers are responding to the pandemic, shaping the Academy's global work supporting engineers to address the crisis.

Please fill out the survey here