Research Funding Calls on COVID-19​

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to present a collation of funding opportunities ​​​related to COVID-19. ​

Please note that the following list will be updated as new calls​​ are released by various sponsors across the globe. The Offi​ce of Research and Graduate ​Studies will facilitate a fast-track review process​​​​​​​​ for COVID-19 related grants, where possible. ​Research policies and procedures related to COVID-19 can be accessed here​

Updated as of July 30, 2020 4:30​​​​ p​​​​​​​​​​​m​​

Currently Active Calls



Funding Amount/Type

Sponsor's Deadline

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MoIT&T) - Ignite

*For Pakistan only

COVID-19 Call for Proposals​


​Currently accepting applications

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Global Effort on COVID-19​ (GECO) Health Research -​ Research proposals addressing COVID-19 in low- and middle income countries (LMICs) ​

​Up to £1 million per award​

​Round 1 - June 22, 2020, 12 midday UK time
Round 2 - August 10, 2020, 12 midday UK time
Round 3 - September 28, 2020, 12 midday UK time​


2020 COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge​

​July 31, 2020

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Strategic actions to maximise the impact of research on reducing disease burden, in collaboration with development cooperation initiatives​

*A team must include at least three independent legal entities, two from European partner states and one from sub-Saharan African country​

​EUR 23.4 million​

​August 13, 2020
World Health Organization
Generating evidence to strengthen intersectionality and gender research efforts in infectious disease prevention and control
​August 17, 2020

Innovation projects in the health field that dampen the prevalence and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

​Up to 5 million SEK per innovation project​

​​August 18, 2020

Pre-studies for innovation projects in the health area that prevent future pandemics​

​Up to 1 million SEK per feasibility study

​August 18, 2020

Finding new ways in the time of a crisis​

​Maximum of SEK 1 million per project

​August 21, 2020
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 

​Call for Proposals: Innovative initiatives for food security ​and nutrition​

Up to US$955,632

​August 28, 2020


Sorenson Impact Foundation​

Equitable & Resilient Recovery Grant Program

​​August 30, 2020
​Merck Group

2020 Research Grants​

​​Grants of EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000 per year for up to 3 years

​Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2020​

​FORMAS, Sweden

​Urgent grants 2020 to secure access to data or research materials​​

​Funding to secure urgent access to data and research materials

​August 31, 2020

​​ ​Encephalitis Society

Encephalitis and COVID-19 - International Research Seed Funding​

​ Up to £10,000​

​August 31, 2020

​FORMAS, Sweden and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

​Societal effects and opportunities for transition after COVID-19​

​SEK 500,000 –1 million
per project

​September 3, 2020​​
​​​The Health Foundation

*For UK only
COVID-19 Research Programme

​Between £100–£200k​

​September 30, 2020


​​​Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER)​​​

CIPHER Grant Programme (2020/2021)


​Applications for the 2020-2021 round will open on 1 October, 2020​ and close on 31 October, 2020

​UK-RAS Network
​Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020​


​Submission of video entries:  30th September

Review and acceptance: 14th October

Final Video, ​Presentation & two-page Paper: 28th October​

Online Presentation and Interview: 6th November​

Ferring Pharmaceuticals
​Ferring COVID-19 Investigational Grants​
​EUR 25,000

​Investigational Grants will be awarded within 14 days of receipt from April 15 – October 31, 2020

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)N/A
October​ 31, 2020

​​Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot​​​

​Up to £150,000 for a period of up to 12 months​

​October 31, 2020
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

NIAID's Multi-Pronged Response to the COVID-2019 Outbreak Not LimitedFebruary 6, 2020, through February 6, 2021
​​Medical Research Council - UK 

​COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call​​​​ ​

*Researchers from overseas research organisations in affected countries providi​ng important local engagement and context are welcomed as Co-Investigators on proposals. ​


​April 1, 2020 through ​April 1, 2021 16:00 GMT+1

National Institutes of Health (NIH)​​​
Please click here to access NIH's funding opportunities specific to COVID-19Various - please check the websiteVarious - please check the website
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​​​​

Up to US$200kCheck with sponsor
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)​​​​

​Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)​

​Two-year project period may not exceed US$275,000​

​Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

International Growth Centre (IGC)

​IGC Special Call on Coronavirus

​Budget lower than £20,000 will guarantee a much quicker turnaround from the IGC

Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)​

Fast-Track Program for COVID-19 Test Development and Distribution​​

​Phase 0: Awards of up to US$25,000.

Phase 1: Expected to range from US$500,000 to millions of dollars.

Phase 2: Budgets of tens of millions of dollars are anticipated. NIH will negotiate cost-sharing with for-profit institutions as appropriate.​

​Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

​COVID-19 Solutions Fund
​Up to US$50,000
​Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) and the Newton Fund​

​UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19​​


​​​Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis​

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator (CTA)

Advancing research into accessible coronavirus treatments​​

​Provided on a case-by-case basis

​Currently open - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Co-Creation Hub
Funding and Design Support for COVID-19 Projects N/ACurrently open

Open Road Alliance 

​Direct COVID-19 Response - Charitable Grants
Up to US$100,000 one-time cash grants
​Currently open​​​

​​National Geographic

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
​Between US$1,000 and 8,000
​Currently open
​​​​MAX IV

Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2 and urgent (e.g. health-related) research​

Rapid ​a​ccess to instrumentation and beamtime

​Currently open
​Islamic World Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization​ (ICESCO)​

ICESCO Prize for Fighting Novel Coronavirus
​Currently open
​Central European Research Infrastructure (CERIC)

COVID-19 Fast Track Access

​Access to instruments: 600 & 800 MHz NMR, synchrotron beamlines, infrared source for spectroscopy and imaging, etc​

​Currently open
​Merck KGaA

2020 Research Grants for Pandemic Preparedness

​EUR 100,000 – 500,000

​Currently Open

​Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

DRK Covid-19 Urgent Response Initiative (CURI)

​US$50,000 – US$100,000 (CURI invests 25% maximum of total)

​Currently Open

​​Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK / UKRI​

Research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19​

*For academic institutions with the capacity to carry out research activities; based in the UK only

​Currently open

​Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK / UKRI​

​Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre: the impact of COVID-19 on modern slavery​

*For academic institutions based in the UK only

​​Currently open
​COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF)

Funding for Outpatient Clinical Trials for COVID-19​
​Currently open
Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI)

Billion Molecules Against COVID-19 JEDI Grandchallenge
​EUR 250,000
​Currently open
​​U.S International Development Finance Corporation

Health and Prosperity Initiative Call for Proposals
​Between $5 million and $500 million per eligible project ​
​Currently open

​The ISTAT Foundation

COVID-19 Relief Grant

​US$25,000​ - 100,000

​Currently open


Pandemic/COVID19 Science, Technology and Social Impact

​Currently open
​Urgent Action Fund (UAF) - Africa
​Call for Applications - Collective Care and Healing
​Up to US$8,000
​Currently open

​​On the Horizon

This section features upcoming research funding calls on COVID-19, ​​please check back soon for the latest updates.



​Funding Amount

​Sponsor's Deadline

​​Bloomberg Philanthropies
​​Coronavirus Global Response Initiative

​TBD (total commitment US$40 million)

​Ongoing; there is no specific call at this moment 

​Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator​

​TBD (total commitment US$125 million)

​Ongoing; there is no specific call at this moment 

​Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
​Novel Coronavirus Response

​TBD (total commitment US$100 million)

​Ongoing; there is no specific call at this moment ​

​United Nations

COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan

​TBD (initial appeal is ​US$2bn which will be reviewed on a monthly basis) Geographic allocations not established at this time​

​Ongoing; there is no specific call at this moment ​


COVID-19 Funding Requests and Unsolicited Proposals​


​​Ongoing; there is no specific call at this moment ​​