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23 March 2020

NIHR and UKRI award first round of government COVID-19 research funding

Introduced by

National Institute for Health Research

Targeted at



Announced on 23 March 2020, projects will run over an 18-month period. Funding call announced on 4 March 2020

Stated aims

To fund research on developing and testing vaccines and therapies for COVID-19


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announce the award of funding for research into COVID-19. Six research projects are announced in the first wave of UKRI/Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) research funding. Projects include trials of a new COVID-19 vaccine, repurposing existing treatments for COVID-19, developing antibodies that target COVID-19, testing approved drugs, and more. £10.5m is awarded.


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