For the latest advice and guidance for grant holders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic please see the dedicated COVID-19 advice for grant holders page.

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Advice for research grant holders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the OU and wider research community causing major interruption to active research projects and will pose new challenges for recipients of recently awarded grants, who will have to transition to a new way of working during these unprecedented times. The Research, Enterprise and Scholarship Unit (RES) understand that these times can be unsettling, involving many difficult decisions regarding the management of research grant and projects.

This page has been setup to summarise the ever change funding landscape as the pandemic evolves, provide advice and support to grant holders during these difficult times and, assist grant holders to understand the best options available for their projects. The page will be updated periodically to capture the latest information.

For advice and support for individual projects please contact your faculty research management teams.

Guidance Documents

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The Research Development team will continue to advertise COVID-19 funding opportunitiesia as part of the UK and EU newsletters. 

Many funders are now incorporating funding for COVID-19 research as part of their normal funding streams and opportunities. Further information on how to apply for funding to research COVID-19 can be found on the relevant funder webpages:

Highlighted funding opportunities from Research Professional for Coronavirus and COVID-19 can be viewed (sign-in required to view opportunities in full)

Useful links for grant applications and grant holders

UKRI Research Councils

  • UKRI – Guidance for the research and innovation communities
  • Innovate UK - COVID-19 business support

European Commission

Charitable Foundations and Trusts

Other useful links

  • UKCDR - COVID-19 Research Project Tracker by UKCDR & GloPID-R. A live database of funded research projects across the world related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the COVID CIRCLE initiative. 
  • Universities UK - Covid-19 and UK universities: international updates and FAQ. Government and public health information relating to international students and staff, student mobility, and transnational education. 
  • UKRIO - Recommended Checklist for Research Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Guidance aimed at individuals and organisations performing research of any kind during a pandemic.