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COVID-19 response

The Digital Health & Care Institute is collaborating with a number of stakeholders in response to COVID-19.

If you have a digital product, service or innovation that may be of use in the response to COVID-19 please contact Scottish Government.  

Current funding opportunities

Learn more about the funding available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Immediate Funding Opportunities from EIT Digital: DATA against COVID-19

As our economies take early steps to bounce back from COVID-19, we are very pleased to bring to your attention two immediate funding opportunities from EIT Digital under the theme of DATA against COVID-19:

 

  1. Venture Support: Funding for existing high-impact SMEs within the digital category which are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to which up to €500K will be made available between July and December, 2020 to enable selected companies to adapt and accelerate.
  2. Innovation Activity Support: Funding for existing high-impact SMEs and brand new start-ups operating directly within the digital health and well-being sector to which up to €500K will be made available between July and December 2020 for the purpose of rapidly deploying new data-driven solutions to arrest and manage the lifecycles of COVID-19 and other pandemics.

 

Closes: 16:00 BST on Monday, 25 May.

UKRI - COVID - Funding Call

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. You can apply to switch your existing grants.
  • Project length: Up to 18 months
  • Closing date: none - apply at any time
  • Funding: 80% of the full economic cost (fEC) for Research Council funding. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply.
  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call - UKRI and NIHR

Closing date: 01 April 2021

Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission.

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COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator

Will not be runnina as a traditional funding call, email the address below for further information on applying.

Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Master Card Impact Fund

Will co-ordinate research efforts and remove barriers to drug development in relation to COVID-19, working closely with WHO, and governments, private sector and global regulatory and policy setting institutes.

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Charitable COVID Responses

Social Investment Business – Support for businesses 

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SCVO – funding for organsations -

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European Space Agency – Path to Post COVID Recovery

Closing Date:  10th September 2020

Value: The call is open to companies that intend to develop space-enabled applications and services relating to the post-COVID recovery in different vertical sectors. The activities will be 100% funded up to €150K per activity.

Summary: The European Space Agency’s Invitation to Tender “Path to post-COVID Recovery” offers support and funding to companies to assess the technical feasibility and economic viability of sustainable services which can contribute to the post-COVID recovery in vertical sectors such as transport, energy, healthcare, education, tourism and agriculture, using satellite data and technologies.  

Education and Health 
The outbreak has shifted the approach and pronounced changes in the healthcare sector will arise, such as remote diagnostics, AI diagnosis assistance and telehealth. Relevant applications include: 

  • Telemedicine services 
  • Healthcare for minorities based on mapping exercises and site assessments  
  • Health monitoring systems

 

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NIHR - Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak

Closing Date:  December 2020

The awards will provide travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries.

The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation.

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NIHR -COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Summary: Building on the initial rapid funding round for COVID-19 research, the NIHR and UKRI are holding a rolling call for proposals for research into COVID-19. 

  • Virology, immunity and pathophysiology ; Diagnostics ; Epidemiology ; IPC and PPE ; Public health, media and communications ; Clinical Management ; Primary, Adjunctive and Supportive therapies ; Vaccines ; Health & Care Delivery ; Underpinning research.

Eligibility: The call is for UK-led academic, small and medium enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months.

Funding: The size of grants will vary according to the needs of each research project, but will need to provide a robust case for value for money.

Closing Date:  31st December 2020

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Supporting the NHS response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Never has there been a more urgent time to accelerate new ideas and innovations. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to an unprecedented change in the NHS, and a new fund from Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will harness the knowledge and expertise of health and social care professionals across Scotland to develop innovative solutions in response to the crisis.

The package of support for NHS Scotland staff includes up to £25k of initial seed funding, combined with regulatory support, project management and the extensive innovation expertise of SHIL, who have worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002.

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Further worldwide funding opportunities

Call for Code Global Challenge – mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change by creating sustainable solutions using open source technology. $200k top prize, enter by 31st July 2020.

MIT Health Security & Pandemics Challenge – How can communities around the world prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats? Prizes of up to $1m available. Closes 18th June 2020.

Competitive Fund for Peace and Recovery – Innovation for Poverty Action’s Peace & Recovery Program is accepting off-cycle proposals, capped at $50,000, for time-sensitive additions to research projects that study or support the COVID-19 response. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

UKRI – COVID – Funding Call

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. You can apply to switch your existing grants.
  • Project length: Up to 18 months
  • Closing date: none - apply at any time
  • Funding: 80% of the full economic cost (fEC) for Research Council funding. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply.
  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. We are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

 

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Offer Your Support

UK Government – Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business

Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.  The support needed includes things like:

  • medical testing equipment
  • medical equipment design
  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
  • social care or childcare

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Scottish Government

To help manage the high volume of supply offers, anyone with PPE that meets the NHS standards can offer their PPE on the NHS Scotland Supply Offers Portal. All personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS or social care services must meet the NHS PPE standards on GOV.UK.

All offers relating to COVID-19 diagnostic testing should be lodged for consideration to nss.covid-19assaydevelop@nhs.net .

For all other offers of support, read the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for businesses on offering support on the Scottish Government website.

If you are a member of the public who needs help or has an idea you would like to share, email cpe@gov.scot.

Find out ways you can volunteer on Ready Scotland.

Scottish Government – Volunteering throughout COVID-19 - Ready Scotland - https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering/

You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  Please check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

To sign up, please follow the relevant links below: 

Tech4CV19 – Slack Platform

A Slack platform which is being used to set up lists of firms which we will be pushed by Department of Trade and Industry on to Government (DHSC, Cabinet Office, NHSE, NHSx), It's completely open and anyone with an offer or a need are invited.  

 

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AVIA Connector Platform

NHS Wales

If you are able to help support NHS Wales with these priority areas or if have another innovative solution you would like to pitch, please contact us and they will get back to you.

 

  • Medical Devices 
  • Infection Control
  • Digital Solutions
  • Social Isolation

Observatory for public Sector Innovation - Call for Innovative Government Solutions to COVID-19

The Open and Innovative Government Division (OIG), in which the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation sits, is issuing a call-out to all levels of government, civil society, international organisations and the private sector to gather innovative, digital and open government solutions and inspiration on how individuals and organisations across the globe are responding to the crisis.

 

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Call for COVID-19 rapid response data science taskforce

DECOVID is an emerging collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute, HDR UK and founding Trusts and academic partners. This partnership draws on and shares technical support by making use of PIONEER, the HDR UK Health data research Hub, and we now wish to draw upon the broad network of researchers within the Turing community, to seed clinical and operational teams to support Trusts.

 

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