The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented global challenge, impacting profoundly on health and wellbeing, daily life and the economy around the world.


Our role in the response to coronavirus 

The Royal Academy of Engineering is keen to help identify potential solutions and facilitate useful contacts across its national and international engineering networks that could help our governments solve problems and assist the public health response.

There is an immediate need for ventilator manufacture, but we want to encourage innovation and ideas across all areas, including healthcare systems, critical infrastructure, business management and supply chain.

If you don't feel able to respond to the specific requests below, there are still ways that you as an engineering professional can help with the effort to address the coronavirus: 

  • If you are in a position to contribute, please get in touch via our online form
  • If you have an academic background (PhD candidate or higher): sign up as a rapid reviewer for the UK’s Royal Society registered reports
  • If you use a computer: download Folding@home to harness your computer's power in the fight against COVID-19
  • If you have expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impacts, and would be prepared to provide expert insights to Parliament, please sign up here
  • To receive updates on the engineering response to COVID-19, please sign up via this online form. The Royal Academy of Engineering will collate requests and facilitate collaboration across national and international engineering networks through this email. We will also highlight ongoing work by engineers involved in the response. You can view our privacy policy here and unsubscribe at any time.