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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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AXA - Exceptional flash call on mitigating risk in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

  • The AXA Research Fund invites proposals for its exceptional flash call on mitigating risk in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This supports research related to the mitigation of risk after the Covid-19 pandemic or a potential second wave, particularly in lower income countries. Projects may address one of the following topics:
  • protecting vulnerable populations from epidemics and catastrophes, including Covid-19;
  • improving data collection and quality in health;
  • understanding the effects of confinement and social distancing;
  • early warning and preparedness;
  • preserving the environment and health.


Grants are worth up to €250,000 over between 12 and 24 months. Grants cover salary of the researcher, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and research assistants, as well as equipment, conferences, workshops, field work and outreach activities

Closing date: 7th May 2020

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Pfizer - COVID-19 competitive grant programme

  • Pfizer invites applications for its COVID-19 competitive grant programme. This supports research on COVID-19. The following grants are available:
  • Independent medical education grants – to support educational programmes for healthcare providers focused on the recognition, diagnosis, treatment and overall care management of patients with COVID-19;
  • Quality and process improvement grants – to support hospitals or healthcare systems so that they may evaluate and improve their systems of care for COVID-19 patients.
  • Clinical research projects and projects evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic or diagnostic agents are not eligible.


Medical, dental, nursing, allied health and pharmacy professional schools, large and small healthcare institutions, professional associations, government agencies, and other entities with a mission related to healthcare improvement, anywhere in the world, may apply. Only organisations are eligible, not individuals or medical practice groups.

Value: The total budget is USD 5 million. Grants are worth between USD 20,000 and USD 250,000 each.

Closing date: 22nd May 2020

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EIT Health – proposals addressing the management and response to pandemics

  • The European Institute of innovation and Technology, under EIT Health, invites proposals addressing the management and response to pandemics. These grants support research into the prevention and management of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as potential future pandemics. Projects may address one or more of the following topics:
  • Hindering disease spread and prevention of outbreaks – social distancing measures, travellers' tracking and monitoring and contagiousness, confinement and hygiene management;
  • Optimising screening and diagnosis – efficient testing on a permanent level to control future outbreaks, evaluation of digital biomarkers, remote triage, assessment of acquired immunity, triaging of infected persons to determine optimal treatment;
  • Treating people better – secondary infections treatment, management of other diseases, remote care of the sick and vulnerable, healthcare services at elderly homes, intelligent monitoring of patients during treatment;
  • Healthcare organisation's resource management, logistics and supply chains – healthcare facilities resource management, security of supply of essential medical equipment and resilience of global supply chains, shortage of medical staff;
  • Data-driven initiatives – utilisation of big data, services for various applications, particularly

Eligibility:  Proposals must be submitted by an EIT health core or associate partner or a linked third party.

Closing date: 27th May 2020

Funding available: Up to 80% costs

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Supporting engagement in and dissemination of patient-centred outcomes research and clinical effectiveness research in the context of COVID-19 – Patient Centres Outcomes Centes - US

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute invites applications for its supporting engagement in and dissemination of patient-centred outcomes research (PCOR) and clinical effectiveness research (CER) in the context of COVID-19 funding opportunity. This enables organisations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians and other stakeholders to equip them to engage as partners in PCOR/CER in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must be of interest or use not just to the applicant organisations but to others doing related work.

Eligibility:  Foreign organisations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system and US efforts in the area of patient-centred research can be shown clearly.

Closing date: 22nd May 2020

Funding: Grants are worth up to USD 150,000 each for up to one year.

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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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Call for ventilator Manufacturers

UK Government is requesting that any company that believes that they can support ventilator production to contact on 0300 456 3565 or email us.

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

Martin Lewis (The Money Saving Expert) – grants of between £5k and £20k – to help charities across the UK  to relieve poverty – i.e. food banks, community aid, financial advice etc.

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Social Investment Business – Support for businesses 

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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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Headstart Funding for COVID-19 Solutions

Headstart provides companies that are chosen for the programme up to €50,000 to support the development of innovative healthcare products and services.

This year, Headstart is supplemented by a special programme focused on COVID-19 solutions.

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

We are inviting proposals for projects of up to 18 months to address the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any time.

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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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Research to Support COVID-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings

Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.

The call aims to fund public health research that will produce robust findings that will contribute to the effectiveness of the current humanitarian response and increase the evidence base for future responses to similar infectious disease outbreaks.

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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.

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

Please email us any offers of support from business/industry.

Scottish Government – Volunteering throughout COVID-19 - Ready Scotland -

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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