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Coronavirus (COVID-19) innovation funding calls

2020欧洲杯线上平台Find and apply for current innovation funding calls focused on tackling coronavirus (COVID-19), including grants, prizes, accelerators, hackathons and collaboration platforms.

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Grants, loans, equity, and contract research

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19. All projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME.

2020欧洲杯线上平台Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.

This competition is round 1 of a potential 3.

  • Round 1 - Temporary framework (this competition)
  • Round 2 - De Minimis (opening July 2020)
  • Round 3 - Temporary Framework (opening September 2020)

2020欧洲杯线上平台Note: In the event that an applicant fails to meet the criteria set out in the , there is a round 2 of this competition opening in July under  that applicants could choose to apply to.

Funding type: Grant (up to £175k per company with a maximum intervention rate of 80%)

Closing date: 29 July 2020, online briefing 3 July: ​​​​​​​

Support: The Funding Information & Support Service (FISS) can review proposals for Scottish applicants. To receive a proposal review the completed proposal should be sent to no later than 5pm on 20 June 2020.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner. To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size. 

2020欧洲杯线上平台The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. This is phase 1 and will focus on exploring the feasibility of proposals.

2020欧洲杯线上平台Phase 2 will concentrate on continued research, development and testing. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

Funding type: Procurement/SBRI Contract (2020欧洲杯线上平台total costs of £60,000, including VAT, funded at 100%)

Closing date: 5 August 2020. Briefing event 2 July: 

Future Fund

The Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential, that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by COVID-19.

The scheme will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

The scheme is designed by the UK Government and delivered by the British Business Bank.

Funding type: Convertible loan notes (loan/equity)

Closing date: 31 September 2020

iCon: COVID-19 Collaboration & Collaborative Grant

An initiative from the Construction Innovation Centre Scotland (CSIC) designed to quickly match industry challenges with potential solution providers and funding for impact focused innovation projects.

​​​​​​​Challenge holders

Anyone working in the built environment (policy makers, public & private sector clients, contractors, manufacturers, federations, trade & professional bodies, specialist sub-contractors, professional consultants, etc) with a COVID19-related problem that needs a solution.

Solution providers 

Product, service and technology providers from the built environment or other sectors, universities, colleges and R&D bodies.

Apply to the challenge fund to co-create solutions by using the online collaboration platform to register a challenge or solution, build collaboration teams and apply for funding.

Funding type:2020欧洲杯线上平台 Collaboration platform. Grant of up to £25k for innovative projects with an academic partner..

Closing date: Always open

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 12-18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Funding type: Grant - 80% of the full economic cost

Closing date: None

Future of Flight: Drone projects to address COVID-19

The Future Flight team within UKRI are interested in projects to accelerate testing and feasibility studies leading to early industrialisation in the following areas related to the use of drones:

  • Delivery of medical supplies and testing equipment remotely to patients
  • Spraying of disinfectants
  • Collection and transfer of medical samples
  • Surveillance and public order management (such crowds building)
  • Replacing field-based personnel, for example on inspection and maintenance activities

To apply for this call you must submit to the UKRI call for COVID-19 research projects. To assist with assessment, please select Innovate UK as the primary council and ensure your project title includes the word “Drone”. It is also recommended that you email a copy of your submission to Simon Masters (Simon.Masters@innovateuk.ukri.org2020欧洲杯线上平台), Deputy Challenge Director for Future Flight.

Funding type: Ideally projects would be 2 to 6 months in length and up to £400,000 in total costs. Funding is available up to 70% for small organisations, 60% for medium organisations and 50% for large organisations. UKRI may consider de minimis grants of up to €200,000 at 100% if appropriate.

Closing date: There is no cut-off date for applications for the open call but the Future Flight Team have begun assessing applications. You are advised to apply quickly.

Space helping the UK on COVID-19 and other pandemics

This open call for proposals, set up in cooperation between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), is calling for activities to facilitate the quick integration and deployment of sustainable solutions to contribute to help alleviate the stress on the UK healthcare ecosystem provoked by the COVID-19 outbreak, making use of the different advantages provided by space-based products and services.

2020欧洲杯线上平台The funding will support projects to develop hi-tech solutions that address:

  • Logistics within the health delivery system, for example, drone deliveries
  • Managing infectious disease outbreaks
  • Population health and wellbeing
  • Recovering health system function and handling backlogs after the crisis
  • Preparedness for future epidemics

Funding type: Grant (80% SMEs, 50% Large Enterprises)

Closing date: None set

COVID-19 rapid response rolling call

​​​​​A call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. Seeking UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit for UK (and potentially international) public health within 12 months. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date, applications are open and complete proposals will aim to be reviewed within 4 weeks of submission.

This rolling call was jointly launched by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Funding type: Grants, researcher-led (80%-100%)

Closing date: 1 April 2021


Call for Code 2020

Lessen the impact of COVID-19 by creating sustainable solutions using open source technology. Get the details on the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, understand its two tracks, and start building today.

Funding type2020欧洲杯线上平台: Prize (200,000 USD for 1st place)

Closing date2020欧洲杯线上平台: 31 July 2020

Accelerators, hackathons and collaboration platforms

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator

What can you build in 2 weeks that scales and saves lives?

COVID Accelerator brings together people and ideas with resources to move forward. We've got to work together to get ahead of this fast-moving virus.

Join doctors on the frontlines, engineers, and designers, all working toward a common goal. No technical background? Not a problem. Everyone’s got something to add.

Funding type: Accelerator / Collaboration 

Closing date: Always open

UK 5G Innovation Network: Collaboration Platform

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are part of the huge cross-government approach to tackling the virus and is working with the telecoms industry and its technology supply chain to develop and implement a coordinated response.

As a result they have created this collaboration exchange to generate insights and ideas - but in a controlled way. From time to time UK5G will review the comments made and feed them into the DCMS.

Some possible areas of collaboration include:

  • Improving connectivity
  • Provision of mobiles to health and care facilities
  • Epidemiological mapping and control of COVID-19
  • Testing
  • Cyber security
  • Applications (building on connectivity) for the elderly, the sick, education, business, and culture

Funding type: Collaboration Platform

Closing date: Always open

OGTC: COVID-19 response

2020欧洲杯线上平台The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is working with employees, members, technology developers, local authorities, NHS and other cross-industry organisations to support the response to COVID-19.

The OGTC has three focus areas:

  • Developing technology for the front-line workers
  • Stemming the PPE shortage
  • Innovating across industries

Funding type:2020欧洲杯线上平台 Collaboration platform

Closing date: Always open

Scottish Tech Army

The Scottish Tech Army is matching talented technical individuals with urgent recovery phase projects linked to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These could be projects from a public sector organisation, charity or company. They are also seeking talented technical individuals wanting to contribute to meaningful projects. 

Funding type: Time

Closing date: N/A

Barclays Healthtech Response

Three of Barclay's partners - The University of Edinburgh, UCL and CodeBase - opened a collaborative effort on how technology, innovation and their connected networks can quickly help support the NHS response to the current COVID-19 crisis.

2020欧洲杯线上平台The partnership is focused on ways that existing tech solutions can address the isolation of the vulnerable, reduce non-critical demand into the NHS and aid diagnostics and treatment.

2020欧洲杯线上平台Do you have a tech solution or innovative idea on how to address one or more of the following key challenges? If so, the partnership could help fast track deployment.

The four key areas are:

  • Slowing the spread of COVID-19
  • Enabling home-based care
  • Supporting the wellbeing and morale of NHS workforce
  • Assistance for those who are most vulnerable and in self isolation

Funding type2020欧洲杯线上平台: Accelerator

Closing date: Apply now

COVID Accelerator

What can you build in 2 weeks that scales and saves lives?

COVID Accelerator brings together people and ideas with resources to move forward. We've got to work together to get ahead of this fast-moving virus.

Join doctors on the frontlines, engineers, and designers, all working toward a common goal. No technical background? Not a problem. Everyone’s got something to add.

Funding type2020欧洲杯线上平台: Accelerator / collaboration

Closing date2020欧洲杯线上平台: Always open


The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a huge change in working patterns at the Scottish Government and across the Scottish public sector, with a massive redirection of effort and resources to respond to the most serious health crisis in living memory.

2020欧洲杯线上平台CivTech take public sector challenges and solve them in collaboration with innovative businesses. CivTech has pivoted away from its normal Innovation Flow process, taken the great strengths they’ve developed in terms of rapid, de-risked development, and applied it to the Covid-19 response challenge.

Funding type: Unlikely to result in grant but supports the public sector to enable SBRI-type calls.

Closing date: Apply now

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2020欧洲杯线上平台 Our Funding Information & Support Service team can help support your application for grant funding from other organisations. They can help identify funding for your innovation projects and review drafts of your applications to increase your chances of success. Contact us by email for more details.