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29 May 2020

Dorset Gateway funding blog: May 2020

Dorset Gateway funding blog: May 2020

Dorset - Responding to COVID-19: Our County of Innovators

In April, Innovate UK had 8,600 applications to their COVID-19 Business-led de minimis call for innovations to help address the impacts of the pandemic. Dorset played its part, with our Bid Writing Support Service supporting bids of more than £200K; covering projects as diverse as recruitment related to the food supply chain, mental health and wellbeing, construction industry innovation, etc. Thank you for your applications! Now please read through the live funding opportunities below…

National Institute for Health Research: Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak. Deadline: 31 December 2020 

The awards will provide travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries. The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation. Further information is available on the National Institute for Health Research website.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call. Deadline: 1 April 2021

Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. UKRI are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission. This is a researcher-led call: for 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 in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months. Further information is available on the Medical Research Council website.

COVID-19 –Food Charities Grant Fund. Deadline: 6 July 2020

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. You can apply for funding as a group of charities to meet the criteria for applications. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome & Mastercard COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard have committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments. The partners are committed to equitable access, including making products available and affordable in low-resource settings. The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will play a catalytic role 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. Currently there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available for the fight against emerging pathogens, and none approved for use on COVID-19. Further information is available on the Wellcome website.

COVID-19 - For other International funding (and more) read the KTN round-up.

COVID-19 - Support for Businesses - the latest information on UK Government support.

Although Covid-19 currently dominates the funding scene, other funding opportunities for R&D active organisations are:  

Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing  

Agritech, Farming & Aquaculture

Energy, Environment & Sustainability

Health, Medical Sciences, Digital and Creative:

Please contact the Dorset Gateway’s Bid Writing Support Service for support in applying.


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