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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the umbrella body for the nine UK research councils, is looking to fund a number of short-term COVID-19 research projects.

The organisation has issued a call for proposals for projects that will address and mitigate the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to information issued this week, UKRI will fund up to 18 months’ of research activity that can make a significant contribution to the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects that support the manufacture or uptake of innovations with the potential to fight the virus and its effects will also be considered for support. The research and innovation funded through this new initiative will have to deliver benefits to public health in the next twelve months.

UKRI has also put in place special arrangements to allow researchers to use existing UKRI funding to address COVID-19 research priorities.

More information can be found on the UKRI’s website.