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Internal Funding Call: COVID19 Rapid Response Grants 2020

Thank you to all those who submitted an application to this call. We had an overwhelming response of high-quality applications from across the Schools, and could only fund a very small fraction of those that applied.

Thank you also to our panel who considered the applications, and to the professional staff whose hard work ensured that this call could take place.

Congratulations to all our successful applicants:

PI Department Title Funded by
Carlos López-Gómez Engineering Covid-19: International Manufacturing Policy Responses – Report and Analytical Support to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account
Andrew Woods Earth Sciences/
COVID19 experimental analysis and modelling of ventilation, droplet dispersal in hospitals EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account
Henrik Salje Genetics Modelling the impact of interventions on transmission and maintenance of SARS-CoV-2 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account
Stuart Hogarth Sociology CamCOVDx – mapping the COVID-19 diagnostics industry and analysing regulatory responses to the current crisis. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Johannes Lenhard Social Anthropology The effects of COVID-19 on homeless services ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Sander van der Linden  Psychology A cognitive “vaccine” against misinformation about Covid-19 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Peter Jones Psychiatry/
A Computerised Adaptive Testing (CAT) response to the mental health impacts of Covid19 related job-loss  ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Michael Weekes Medicine Cell surface biomarkers to predict outcome of COVID-19 upon hospital admission MRC Confidence in Concept
Axel Zeitler Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Open Ventilator System Initiative (OVSI) UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund
Olivier Restif Veterinary Medicine COVID-19: Quantitative tool for syndromic surveillance in resource-limited settings UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund
Christoph Hess Medicine Cellular metabolic dysregulation in COVID-19 patients Wellcome Trust DCF
Vasilis Kosmoliaptsis Surgery/Chemistry Detection and in depth profiling of antibody responses against SARS-CoV-2 using a novel microfluidic based bioassay Wellcome Trust DCF
James Lee Medicine A cell-based therapy for COVID-19 Wellcome Trust DCF


Internal Funding Call: Covid 19 Rapid Response Grants 2020 - Deadline 14th April 2020

The University’s institutional grants for translational research and impact acceleration have come together to launch this cross-disciplinary funding scheme.

Funding is available for translational research projects across all disciplines which have credible potential impact in tackling the COVID19 pandemic.  We expect to fund projects to start immediately or in a very short timescale. Funded projects will be expected to achieve successful outcomes in a short space of time and to be completed within one year.

University academic staff from any discipline may apply, however projects must be able to be carried out without access to currently closed University buildings and laboratories. We anticipate funding projects such as, but not limited to: clinical trials, data modelling, development of software tools.

Further details are provided in linked document which includes full guidance for applicants and the application form.

Any questions should be sent to

Completed applications should be sent to by 12 noon on 14th April 2020.

Please note that external COVID19 funding schemes are also available from UKRI, LifeArc and Evelyn Trust – see below for details.

External COVID19 Funding Schemes

UKRI COVID19 grants

LifeArc COVID19 funding for Clinical Trials

Evelyn Trust - Limited Call for COVID-19 Related Research Proposals on Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The Evelyn Trust, a grant-making charity supporting medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire, has announced a limited call to fund research based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Evelyn Trust is seeking to fund a project to the value of £200 – 300k, predominantly for consumables, assays including genomics and transcriptomics, and analytical tools. The Evelyn Trust is only likely to fund a project if it anticipates that it will have an impact on the fight to contain the pandemic, be of benefit in assisting those infected with recovery, improve understanding of how to contain the virus, or provide a deeper understanding of how to manage the hospital environment.

The Evelyn Trust is aware that many laboratories and research facilities within the University of Cambridge and other research institutions in the Cambridge area are closed because of the pandemic. Any submitted projects must be capable of commencing immediately, and have available to them all the support, supplies, third party services, analysis and equipment that will be necessary to complete the work. They must also be capable of delivering some if not all of their expected outcomes and benefit within the next six months.

It is apparent that substantial funds are being expended by pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, and by many other research funders in the United Kingdom and overseas. Any projects that are adjuncts to these well-funded efforts are unlikely to gain support.

Applications must be submitted on Evelyn Trust Medical Research Outline Application Forms, available on the Evelyn Trust website, together with a synopsis of up to 4 pages covering the planned investigative work and explanation of the resources needed.  Proposals should be submitted by email to by Friday 10 April, 2020 12.00pm.