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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.

DIGI-B-CUBE – SMEs against COVID-19

Closing Date: 3rd February 2021

Value: Prototyping voucher – up to 20k Euros per SME, and up to 60k Euros per project ; Customised innovation voucher - 50k Euros per SME, up to 150k Euros per project.

Summary: IGI-B-CUBE invites proposals for SMEs against COVID-19. This supports SMEs in combating COVID-19 through transversal collaborative projects integrating digital innovation and disruptive technologies across the medical diagnostics and related value chains. Two different vouchers are available:

  • prototyping voucher — supporting projects aiming to conceptualise a solution for a digitalisation challenge, for consortia consisting of at least two SMEs and maximum three organisations from at least two different sectors;
  • customised solution innovation voucher — supporting joint projects aiming to develop a novel product or service based on an existing proven concept that addresses a digitalisation challenge, for consortia consisting of at least two SMEs from at least two different sectors.

Who:  SMEs established in EU Member states or Horizon 2020 associated countries.

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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.

For further details:

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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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Innovate UK – The Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 2 (de minimus)

Closing Date:  2nd September 2020 – Projects must be ready to start by 1st November 2020

Value: Between £50k - £100k – Funding will be made as a de minimus grant

Summary: Proposal must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID19, and how your project can help solve them.   Proposals must consider impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability.   Projects can focus on: 

  • decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity
  • climate change and environmental sustainability
  • geographic or regionally targeted innovation
  • innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
  • innovations that work across more than one sector
  • follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world

Lead:  Must be a UK registered business of any size.

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Health Foundation – Developing the long term research agenda – COVID19

Closing Date:  13th August 2020

Value: Up to £300k

Summary: The Health Foundation invites tenderers to develop a UK-wide vision for a long-term research agenda in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The supplier will engage across funders/other stakeholders to shape a funding strategy across the research ecosystem.    Priority should be given to:

  • involving a wide range of stakeholders from across the UK landscape in shaping the outputs;
  • building in multi-disciplinary methods and perspectives to the agenda-setting process;
  • developing processes and approaches to design of the programme which draw in perspectives from those communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19, and whose voices are often left out of the agenda setting process;
  • identifying key themes and challenges posed by the pandemic, and the research priorities which sit under these;
  • exploring how the research system may respond to the findings of the work and co-ordinate to take forward the priority areas.

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Health Foundation – COVID-19 Research Programme

Closing Date:  30th September 2020

Value: Up to £300k

Summary: The Health Foundation invites applications for its COVID-19 research programme. This supports projects to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following two discrete areas:

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19;
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.

Who: Research teams based in the UK may apply. Applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged, including public and population health, economics, geography, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences. Applications involving patients, publics and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.

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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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Northern Periphery & Artic Programme – COVID19 Call for project applications

Closing Date: 30th September 2020

Value: £45k Euros for 2-4 month projects

Summary: to explore adaptive responses to the COVID-19 virus, to exchange innovative solutions and to pool information for the benefit of the general public and healthcare staff. Project are expected to make an overview of, and analyse the state of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as successful and less successful practices in the NPA area relevant to the chosen theme and the geographical context, to be able to make recommendations for future actions and policy responses. The following themes may be addressed:

  • clinical aspects;
  • health and well being;
  • technology solutions;
  • citizens engagement and community response;
  • economic impacts;
  • emerging themes.

Who: Lead – Norway or Iceland, Collaborating partners – minimum 3 partners from 3 different programme partner countries, one of which is located in an EU Member state

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MRC/NIHR - Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research

Closing Date: 28th September 2020

Value: Up to £1m per award

Summary: Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research is a new cross UK 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) contexts. The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses. As well as projects addressing direct impacts of COVID-19, projects investigating the indirect consequences of the pandemic through other health issues such as (but not limited to): mental health, domestic violence, inter-personal violence, water and sanitation, maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, chronic conditions, and the wider impact on the health system or health service delivery, will be considered.

  • Applications are particularly encouraged from LMIC PIs, as well as PIs based in the UK working in equitable partnerships with LMIC investigators. Applicants must have a relevant academic affiliation to an eligible institution in an LMIC or the UK.
  • Eligible UK institutions include UK Higher Education Institutions, Research Council institutes, and eligible Independent Research Organisations (IROs). Further detail can be found on the UKRI eligibilityweb page.

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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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UKRI – Global Challenges Research Fund/Newton Fund – Agile response call to COVID-19

Closing Date:  31st December 2020

Value: No specific budgets set – projects can be up to 18 months

Summary: UK Research and Innovation, through the Global Challenges Research Fund, in partnership with the Newton Fund, invites proposals for its agile response call to address COVID-19. This supports short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in LMICs. Proposals must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • new research or innovation with a clear pathway to impact on policy or practice that has the potential to, within the period of the award, deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a developing country context;
  • supports the manufacture or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential for impact in developing countries;
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.

Who: Anyone based at a UK research organisation eligible to receive funding from UKRI research councils or based in approved research organisations overseas may apply. This does not include companies or SMEs. Proposals should engage equitably with research organisations, other organisations and communities in partner countries or LMIC countries where impact will be delivered.

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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 .

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

Find out ways you can volunteer on Ready Scotland.

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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