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Home COVID-19 funding and research

  Updated 8 July 2020  

On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the NIHR is funding and helping to deliver a range of ‘rapid response’ research to better understand and tackle COVID-19, including research into vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests, and real-time collection of samples and data from people undergoing treatment in hospitals. Read the statement on prioritising funding and support for COVID-19 research across the UK and find out how to get your study nationally supported or funded.


What the RDS South West is doing

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COVID-19 resources

On this page you will find resources on:

  COVID-19 rapid funding calls  
  Open calls  
  Data, evidence, resources and trials  




Funding resources

Mixed/comprehensive resources


  Ethics and public involvement  
  Global health  
  Government and other guidance  
  Get involved  

For researchers

For the public

  Updates on the impact of Covid-19 on current research and applications  

In some cases research application deadlines have been extended, whereas others remain unchanged. We recommend you check in with your funding body directly. See also:

DHSC and NHS England and Improvement
Guidance on funding research staff redeployed to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic

Supporting the restart of paused NIHR activities

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Support for PhD students as a result of coronavirus disruption

Guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research

Q&A on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR

Health Research Authority (HRA)
Guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers
UK student research update

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Advice for management of clinical trials

Medical Research Council (MRC)
Update for funded researchers

NIHR Academy
Message for all NIHR Academy members

Health Education England (HEE)
Information for trainees

HEE, HEIW, NHS Education for Scotland, GMC, and Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
Joint guidance regarding Medical Education and Training

Cancer Research UK
Information for grant applicants and grantholders

Medical Schools Council
Advice to UK Medical Schools on actions surrounding COVID-19

Information for grant applicants and grantholders

British Heart Foundation
Managing your grant

Royal College of Physicians
FAQs for trainee

Academy of Medical Sciences
Coronavirus guidance

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