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Funding and actions to create innovative solutions to tackle the Corona-virus outbreak


Corona-virus outbreakThis page is a collection of the current activities and funding initiatives focused on tackling or mitigating Coronavirus.  It will be updated as quickly as we know of initiatives. If you know of one that is not listed here, let us know  by emailing ken.gordon (at) .

NOTE: This page is focused on Innovation Funding Calls for businesses and research organisations.

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Covid-19 - Supporting Our NHS Many businesses are offering to support our NHS with its vital work. There have been significant offers of support and calls for help with the NHS supply chain. To ensure that these offers are collated in one place and assessed in a timely manner, the Scottish Government has set up a common mailbox where all offers of support will be acknowledged and responded to.


Current funds and activities

Closing date: 15 April 2020
A global call to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and existing technologies to mitigate Covid-19 impacts on tourism through health, economic and destination recovery solutions.
Looking for ready-to-implement solutions to drive the Covid-19 impacts in tourism.
Methods, processes, governance structures, social impact initiatives, new technological applications, existing technologies, among other ways of innovation are applicable.
Participants should meet the following criteria:
Being innovative in nature and provide value-added solutions
To have a tested pilot and business plan
To have been accelerated before
To have potential to be applied in many countries
COLLABORATION - Join the COVID Accelerator!
The accelerator is always open. No deadline.
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 - ACADEMICS ONLY - Rapid Research in COVID-19 Programme (RARC-19 Programme)
Closing date: 8th April
Scheme Value: up to £1.25m per project
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) is asking Scottish Universities to apply for funding for a portfolio of Covid-19 research drawn from the best ideas from research investigators in their institutions.
In particular, CSO is looking for projects that address the following key priority areas:
  • improved characterisation and treatment of infection and sequelae, including novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
  • development of new surveillance approaches that can be implemented rapidly
  • novel interventions to help prevent infection, particularly for those providing care
  • to support the resilience and mental health of front line health and care staff including those who returned to the NHS or came early from nursing or medical schools into the workforce
  • understanding the longer-term health impacts of social distancing and other behavioural interventions introduced to prevent the spread of infection in the population
FUNDING - COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances 
The current Open Call cycle has been extended until 1 April 2020 for early bids to be considered
Do you have an innovative or novel approach to get ambulances cleaner quicker to help combat Coronavirus?
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.
FUNDING - Funding available for the development & testing of therapeutics to treat COVID-19
Closing date is 6th April
LifeArc is calling for applications from academicsNHS employees or companies. LifeArc has made available an initial £10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19.
The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late stage development for another indication.
There is currently an urgent need for medical and other support in the UK due to the spread of Covid-19. The UK Government faces the monumental challenge of mobilising and supporting businesses and organisations to design/manufacture tools and devices in a very short period of time. 
Businesses, data scientists and biomedical researchers are invited to join Mindstream AI's virtual hackathon on AI vs. Covid-19, in order to accelerate the approaches to monitoring, diagnosing and controlling the Coronavirus outbreak.
Register today to receive further information on this event and how you can participate here


Past Funding and Activities

FUNDING - COVID-19 Accelerating Therapeutics 
Closing date is 31st March
The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will coordinate research efforts and remove barriers to drug development.
Currently there are no approved treatments for COVID-19. This new initiative aims to fill that gap by accelerating and evaluating new and repurposed drugs and biologics to treat patients with COVID-19 in the immediate term, and other viral pathogens in the longer-term. 
The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will work closely with the World Health Organization, government and private sector funders, and global regulatory and policy-setting institutions. It will have an end-to-end focus – from drug pipeline development through to manufacturing and scale-up – and will provide fast and flexible funding at key stages of the process.
The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will not be conducting a traditional funding call. To learn more about the funding process, or how to invest in the accelerator, contact 
FUNDING - Innovative Medicines Initiative 

Closing date is 31 March 2020.

IMI fast-track EUR 45M Call for proposals on the development of therapeutics and diagnostics to tackle current and future coronavirus outbreaks.

Your project must address at least one of the following objectives:
development of antivirals as well as other types of therapeutics to address a rapid response to the current COVID-19 outbreak;
development of therapeutics to address the current and/or future coronavirus outbreaks;
development of diagnostics, ensuring rapid evaluation of candidates based on existing technologies;
development of fast and reliable tools that go beyond the state of the art for detection of COVID-19 carriers and symptomatic individuals suspected of COVID-19 infection.
Preventive vaccines are specifically excluded from the scope of the Call.
To be considered eligible, a proposal must comply with the eligibility criteria set out in part C of the General
Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.
In all cases: a minimum of three independent legal entities established in different Member States or countries
to H2020. 
Questions? Contact : Jerome De Barros . Tel: +44 (0)7799 766 352 . Email: NCP-Health [at]

Open Call: #EIC ePitching on #COVID19

Closing date is 27 March 2020 17:00 CET.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) is organising a special ePitching-session in the light of the current COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to mobilize EIC projects.
All EIC-backed SMEs that can contribute to possible solutions to help combat the current pandemic and its consequences and are looking for investment are welcome to apply.
Applications are open until 27 March 2020 17:00 CET.


NHSX tech funding to support people in isolation from coronavirus - deadline past.

Closing date was 26 March 2020. 
NHSX has announced £500,000 of funding for innovators who can offer digital solutions to support those self-isolating because of coronavirus.
Up to £25,000 is available to each company that participates, and the aim is to have the solutions deployed “at scale” within weeks.
For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit .


Posted 20/3/20 - Deadline past

HACKATHON - Today, join a #covid19UK HACKATHON 6.30pm CET today til Sunday (20-22 March), online. German language, but open to international participants with a translator buddy (final submission must be in German). Still time to join and submit ideas. More here:

Posted 19/3/20

FUNDING - EIC Accelerator - deadline past.

The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. The call is for single company applicants only

The deadline for applications to the EIC Accelerator is 17:00 on Friday 20 March (New deadline) (Brussels local time).

With a budget of €164m, this call is “bottom up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with Coronavirus relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants. Nevertheless, the Commission will look to fast track the awarding of EIC grants and blended finance (combining grant and equity investment) to Coronavirus relevant innovations, as well as to facilitate access to other funding and investment sources.

Apply here:


This page is published by Enterprise Europe Network in Scotland. We aim to gather details of all long term and temporary initiatives that are focused on corona-virus outbreaks.

All details are as correct as we can make them in these fast moving times. Let us know if there's a mistake. Let us know if you know of other initiatives and funding.

if you are based in Scotland and want to apply for these fund, talk to us.

if you are elsewhere in the UK check out your local Enterprise Europe Network office here.

Elsewhere in the world, find your local office here.

Closing Date: Always Open
Funding type: Accelerator / Collaboration 
Scheme Value: N/A
Application Restrictions:  Everyone is welcome