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COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call


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. 

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.

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.

Highlight notice

This call has a number highlight notices against it to seek research proposals on specific topics. The current highlight notices are:


All proposals will need to be able to show how progress within the period of award could make a significant contribution to the understanding, prevention and/or management of the COVID-19 outbreak. Short term (up to 12 month) proposals are sought on the following topics:

  • Virology, immunity and pathophysiology
  • Diagnostics
  • Epidemiology
    • Transmission
    • Disease susceptibility and severity
    • Control and mitigation
  • IPC and PPE
  • Public health, media and communication
  • Clinical management
  • Primary, adjunctive and supportive therapies
  • Vaccines
  • Health and care delivery
  • Underpinning research

Read the full scope on the UKRI website

How to apply

Applicants must apply by first completing the NIHR form for prioritising COVID-19 studies. Applicants requiring funding should then follow the link to the full funding application form. 

Applicants should not wait for badging from the Urgent Public Health Group before submitting a full application for funding. More information on the NIHR national prioritisation process is available on the NIHR website.  

There is currently no fixed end date to this rolling call. Complete proposals will be reviewed within 4 weeks of submission.

More information on how to apply is available on the UKRI website.

For general and scientific queries relating to the call, including queries relating to the administrative process of applying, please contact