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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

Calls addressing the COVID-19 challenge in the UK and internationally

UKRI Expression of Interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research

Apply for funding to support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either:

  • inform urgent policy or national decision making
  • secure data for future research use.

This is a rarely awarded emergency route for exceptional circumstances.

  • This is an open call (no closing date)
  • The maximum project duration is 6 months.

Special Approval Process

Please note that this process is no longer operating. See the Application Process Flowchart for information on the standard process.

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

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.

Parliament's Expert Database and Consultations

Parliament has collated a list of COVID-19 experts and has ongoing opportunities for you to submit research evidence to select committees and engage with parliament regarding your research. Further information can be found on the UK Parliament website.