Researchers currently seeking funding for COVID-19 research can apply through the NIHR programme researcher-led calls, which welcome COVID-19 research proposals within the remit of their programmes.
Applications should be co-produced with service commissioners, providers and service users wherever appropriate to ensure findings can be used straightaway in policy and practice. Applicants may wish to consult the NIHR guidance on co-producing research.
Applicants are encouraged to study populations with a high disease burden and which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Special consideration should be given to inclusion of ethnic and socio-economic groups that appear to be at higher risk of COVID-19.
Applicants to NIHR Academy awards, including Fellowships and Research Professorships, may also wish to undertake COVID-19 research. Details of current award rounds are available in career development funding opportunities.
It is important to note that COVID-19 research that is funded will not take priority over non-COVID-19 research in terms of access to Clinical Research Network support, unless it meets the criteria for prioritised support and has been accorded Urgent Public Health status.