EBI Rapid Response Call (COVID-19)

This call is now closed for applications

We have received over 120 applications from across our research community and we are pleased that we have been able to support approximately 50% of the applications received, details of which can be found on our awarded COVID-19 projects page. We are grateful to see the scale and breadth of research work in this area.

About the scheme

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is offering support for research into the novel coronavirus / COVID-19.  This call is for applications to enable University of Bristol academic staff to apply for research funding in this area.

The funding call is supported by: the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Institutional Strategic Support Funding from the Wellcome Trust; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding held at the University; Economic and Social Research Council funding held at the University and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) with support from the University’s alumni and friends.  

Award amount

We anticipate that individual projects funded from this scheme will be in the order of £500 - £5,000 each and this will be dictated by the needs of each project. Applicants are welcome to propose projects above this amount but please contact us before submitting the application. 

Competition deadline

The initial deadline for applications was 12.00 on Wednesday, 25 March 2020. The scheme has been open on a rolling basis and there is now a final deadline of midday on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising of University of Bristol staff. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.


  • Applications must be for research work in the area of the novel coronavirus / COVID-19
  • The scheme is open to all academic staff members at the University of Bristol
  • Funds will be used to support research activities directly (not for co-ordination activities)
  • Funds may be used to support: equipment, consumables, staff time or other items if fully justified in the application
  • Applications may be made for aspects of planned projects that cannot be funded from elsewhere, for instance for a piece of equipment or software.


Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising of University of Bristol staff, on the following criteria: 

Aims and objectives

  • What are the strengths of the aims and objectives for the research?


  • Is the proposed workplan realistic?
  • Does the team have the experience, skills and resources to deliver the planned work?
  • Are the costs well justified?


  • Does the proposal make a convincing case that the research is likely to have impact, with impact understood in broad terms and in relation to the area of research proposed.



How to apply

This scheme is now closed for applications.

Further information and queries

If you require further information or have any queries, please email Sarah Blackmore, EBI Funding Officer ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

Funded COVID-19 projects

Find out more about our awarded COVID-19 projects

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