This is a resource to list funding opportunities, as well as relevant calls from government and other opportunities to get involved in the response to COVID-19. Be sure to check the automatic feed at the bottom of the page too.


Funding calls

Engineering X Pandemic Preparedness 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. 

To find out more, please click here.

Get funding for ideas to address COVID-19

An exciting opportunity to make a clear and significant impact in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Open now for anyone eligible for UKRI funding.

UKRI will support excellent proposals of 12-18 months duration with funding for 80% of the full economic cost (fEC) - apply at any time. To find out more, please click here:

UKRI: Get funding for ideas to address COVID-19


Relevant activities

Data challenge for COVID-19 action

Led by DFID’s Frontier Technologies Hub, this Challenge invites applicants to submit data innovations that may support LMICs in their response. Selected applicants will receive a mix of support that may include funding, capacity support from the FT Hub network and brokering new relationships.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday 9 May at 11:59pm BST.

Apply Now: Data Challenge for #COVIDaction


Coronavirus (COVID-19): tell us you can produce testing kits and services

The government is asking businesses to support the manufacture and supply of:

  • Testing consumables and equipment
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for laboratories
  • New or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies

This is to ensure we can increase coronavirus tests in the UK.

Gov.uk: Forms for organisations that can manufacture and supply these materials


Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

In light of the rapidly changing situation world-wide resulting from the COVID-19 virus Diamond would like to ensure that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about the virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine or treatment.

To find out more, please click here:

Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2


Call closed: Auxiliary Engineering Support for field hospitals

There are a number of new medical facilities being built across the UK to treat patients with COVID-19, and existing facilities are increasing capacity in specialist areas. We have been approached by NHS England to ask engineers to volunteer with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services. 

Thank you very much to all who have expressed interest to volunteer. We have received over 1,000 expressions of interest. Someone from the NHS team will be in touch if you are needed in one of the Nightingale hospitals.


Funding and activities feed

Below is a feed news collating funding calls and opportunities related to COVID-19 from around the world. Links here are approved for relevance by Academy staff.

Note: these links come from external sources via RSS; the Academy makes no guarantees for third-party websites.