Apply to Switch Your Existing Funding to Covid-19 Priority Areas 2020, UK Research and Innovation, UK

Publish Date: Apr 12, 2020

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Apply to Switch Your Existing Funding to Covid-19 Priority Areas

UKRI has put in place the following process to allow researchers to repurpose existing UKRI standard grant to address COVID-19 research priorities. 

Who can apply

In order to be eligible, the research to be undertaken must address 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

Please note that no subsequent extension to the grant or additional costs will be allowed in order to meet the original objectives where these were altered to permit new COVID-19 research.

How to apply

Principal investigators should submit a document (up to 500 words) providing information on what the repurposed research would achieve, including:

  • reference and title of the existing grant
  • a description of the approach to be taken and put it in the context of the national response to COVID-19
  • an explanation of the level of urgency, and why the activity is important now
  • a demonstration that the proposal has the necessary critical mass to make a difference Where relevant, demonstrate the strength of links to relevant decision makers
  • if the research requires any access to the health and care system, describe how you will comply with the newly established DHSC single, national process for prioritisation of COVID-19 research studies
  • a letter from the host institution confirming they support the switch in the research programme. This should include confirmation that relevant laboratories and other facilities are open and available for use

UKRI recognises the importance of all the research we support, and researchers must provide a good case for why their original project should be repurposed.

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