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15 June 2020

NIHR and UKRI announce their 'new phase of COVID-19 research funding'

Introduced by

National Institute for Health Research, UK Research and Innovation

Targeted at



Announced on 15 June 2020. National Institute for Health Research references previously announced funding calls (eg call for longer term COVID-19 research launched on 9 June 2020)

Stated aims

To respond to changes regarding the nature of the questions that need to be addressed, the proof-of-concept data available and the need to link with existing activity, as the UK moves through the first wave of COVID-19. To provide funding for longer than 12 months to better understand and assess the impacts of this new disease


UKRI and NIHR announce that there will be 'an evolution in their funding of COVID-19 research, having awarded more than £32m into urgent research to tackle the acute phase of the pandemic'. The NIHR and UKRI 'rapid response rolling funding call' for COVID-19 research – launched on 1 April 2020 – will close to new applications on 30 June 2020. On 9 June 2020, NIHR launched a new funding call 'to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase'. This will fund proposals of up to 24 months' duration. (The rapid response rolling funding call was for proposals that could benefit the COVID-19 response within 12 months.)


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