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Medical Research Council: 2019-nCoV Rapid Response Call: Diagnosing and understanding 2019-nCoV

Deadline for applications: 27th February 2020

DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching two rapid-response research calls to tackle 2019-nCoV:

  • Active intervention development (see separate notice) and Diagnosing and understanding 2019-nCoV.

£20m will be made available across both calls. For UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will develop vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics or address the epidemiology, spread, containment or underpinning knowledge of 2019-nCoV


The 21st Century has already seen a number of epidemics including Ebola, MERS, Zika and Nipah. Epidemics are defined by the complex interactions between microbes, people, animals and ecosystems, and factors such as increased global mobility, population density and climate change are contributing to the rise of epidemics caused by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.


Short term (up to 18 month) proposals are sought. All proposals will need to be able to show how progress within the period of award could make a significant contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or management of the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

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