COVID-19 Funding Calls


Many research funders have launched calls to help address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. This page includes links to selected funding opportunities and to related external pages where you can access more information.  

Please view our Applying for Funding page for guidance and support with your application.

Highlighted Funding Calls

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

Open to proposals across the remit of UKRI that address and mitigate the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. A list of priority research questions is available. 

  • This call has no deadline
  • The maximum project duration is 18 months

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 has no deadline
  • The maximum project duration is 18 months

NIHR - COVID-19 urgent public health research 

COVID-19 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.

  • This call has no deadline

NIHR and UKRI call for research on COVID-19 and ethnicity

The NIHR and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are jointly calling for research proposals to investigate emerging evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes.
  • This call forms part of the rolling call jointly run by UKRI and NIHR
  • This call has no deadline

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research

A new cross-government funding call  aiming to support applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

  • This call has three deadlines (all 12 midday): 22 June, 10 August and 28 September 

Useful links

  • Research Professional has granted open access to a list of current funding calls related to COVID-19. As a member of the University of Plymouth you can gain full access to Research Professional by registering for an account. Our Research Professional page explains how to do this.  
  • The European Commission has an open access page for updates that relate to EU research and innovation funding.

Special Approval Process

For research funding calls that have a specific COVID-19 focus, a streamlined internal approval process has been introduced to speed up submissions:

  • There is no requirement for an RPRA form but you must still contact the Funding Advisors at for help with costing the planned work and inform your Head of School of your intention to apply and any special circumstances.
  • Please send your draft application documents (including your project costing) to your Associate Dean Research before submission for them to review.
  • Once the costing has been agreed between the Principal Investigator and Funding Advisors, R&I will send an email request for approval to the Head of School and Dean. Please provide them with a copy of your application to include with the request. 
  • Email confirmation of approval from Head of School and Dean (or their deputies) will clear the way for submission.

Please note: this only applies to calls with a COVID-19 focus, all other applications must continue to go through the standard process, as summarised in this flowchart. Please contact if you have any questions.

Project Ideas and Expert Directory

If you have an idea for a Covid-19 project and are looking for collaborators or would like to offer your expertise to other teams, we would like to add you to our directory which is accessible to University of Plymouth staff. If you would like to add information, please contact  

Parliament's Expert Database

Over the past few weeks, Parliament has seen a surge in need for access to research expertise as it engages with the COVID-19 outbreak. In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts.  

To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database. Signing up does not commit you to contributing in any way.

A link to the sign-up form.