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

LAST UPDATED: 29/06/2020

Corona-virus outbreakThis page is a collection of the current activities and funding initiatives focused on tackling or mitigating Coronavirus. it is focused on Innovation Funding Calls for businesses and research organisations.

If you know of one that is not listed here, let us know  by emailing ken.gordon (at) .

UK government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses:

COVID-19 and Support for Businesses in Scotland . Sign up for email updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and advice for businesses in Scotland.

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.



FUNDING - The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework) 
Closes: 29 July 2020
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19. 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 (80% intervention rate).
Online briefing 3 July - register
Please note: In the event that an applicant fails to meet the criteria set out in the COVID-19 Temporary Framework, there is a round 2 of this competition opening in July under de minimis that applicants could choose to apply to.
FUNDING - The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1 
Closes: 5 August 2020
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. Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.
You must engage with potential future customers to ensure that the product or service being developed is realistic, scalable and accommodates end user requirements and feedback. We expect projects in this phase to range in size up to total costs of £60,000, including VAT.
FUNDING  - Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund
Closes  end of September 2020
The Government has announced a new scheme to issue convertible loans to innovative companies
which are facing financing difficulties due to the Coronavirus outbreak: the Future Fund.
The Government will initially make up to £250,000,000 available in total for the scheme. The
Government will keep this amount under review. The scheme will initially be open until the end of
September 2020. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank.
This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.
FUNDING- Heritage Emergency Fund launches to help sector
Closing date: 30 June. 
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. 


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
Ideally projects would be of 2-6 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.


i-Con Innovation Challenge is an open innovation call created to assist the built environment sector face the major challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The initiative connects industry into new expertise, solutions and funding.  
For projects which require funding for development to get them market ready, the platform also allows you to apply to the i-Con Innovation Challenge Fund.  i-Con Challenge Fund Awards of up to £25,000 are initially available for projects that will create impact and help build resilience in the sector.  
FUNDING - UK launches space-based response to Covid-19 pandemic
This Open Call for Proposal, setup 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 concrete and 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.
The funding is being made available to 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; and preparedness for future epidemics.
FUNDING – UKRI - Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19
Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Projects up to 18 months, funding supports 80% of the full economic cost.

There is no specific budget for this call.

The focus is research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length. You will need to show that you can start work within 4 weeks of the funding being confirmed.


FUNDING - SHIL - Supporting the NHS response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to an unprecedented change in the NHS, and a new fund from Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will harness the knowledge and expertise of health and social care professionals across Scotland to develop innovative solutions in response to the crisis.
The package of support for NHS Scotland staff includes up to £25k of initial seed funding, combined with regulatory support, project management and the extensive innovation expertise of SHIL, who have worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002. It only takes between 5 and 10 minutes to apply.
FUNDING - National Lottery Community Fund Prioritises COVID-19 Projects
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) announced its priority over the next six months is to get funding to groups best placed to support their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak whilst still honouring its current commitments. Until october 2020 up to £300 million of National Lottery funding will be awarded across the UK, to address the current crisis.
The National Lottery Community Fund will give priority to:
Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19.
Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.
Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.



FUNDING - Competitive Fund for Peace and Recovery
No closing date
Innovation for Poverty Action’s Peace & Recovery Program is accepting off-cycle proposals, capped at $50,000, for time-sensitive additions to research projects that study or support the COVID-19 response. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
FUNDING - Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science
A new venture fund is offering grants of $10,000 to $500,000 to coronavirus researchers, and every grant decision will be made in less than 48 hours. The fund, Fast Grants, has raised $10 million from 10 backers including Paul Graham, Stripe cofounders John and Patrick Collison, and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman.



VOLUNTEER - Scottish Tech Army
Mobilising Scotland’s tech talent to build solutions to the challenges posed by coronavirus.
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. 
COLLABORATION PLATFORM - Care & Industry together against CORONA
At ‘Care & Industry together against CORONA’, we offer the opportunity to make targeted and time-efficient contacts with all actors in healthcare, industry, academia and government. By means of an online platform, interested parties can present their profile. Network online, share support and initiatives to combat #coronavirus .
Government and Public Sector Ideas wanted! - join the CivTech Programme
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. 
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!
COLLABORATION PLATFORM - BioWin Cooperation Platform COVID-19
Closing date 30 June 2020
In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, BioWin, The Health Cluster of Wallonia, has set up an interactive platform which focuses on regional/national initiatives. 
Topics addressed:
  • The development and manufacturing of new diagnostic approaches
  • The development of new treatments
  • The development and repair of ventilators
  • The new sources of funding
  • The development and manufacturing of hydroalcoholic gels
  • The manufacturing, supply and recycling of masks and individual protections for companies 
You are invited to take an active part on this platform, to choose the theme(s) for which you have a solution or a proposal to share and find a partner with whom to discuss and move towards the realisation.
IDEA REPOSITORY - Join the AI-ROBOTICS vs COVID-19 initiative of the European AI Alliance

The European Commission launches an initiative to collect ideas about deployable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics solutions as well as information on other initiatives that could help face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

COLLABORATION - Join the 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.


If you know of a business and research organisation funding call or initiative that is not listed here, please let us know using the contact details above.