Elizabeth Blackwell Institute/DARO scheme for COVID-19 research: support for impactful research led by early career staff

This scheme is closed for applications.

About the scheme

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is offering support for research into SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and the COVID-19 pandemic. The call is for applications from early career staff and funding can be used to support research in any area relating to the pandemic, including all approaches to health and in any faculty, school and discipline. The funding call is focused on research that has impact on human health, with impact understood in broad terms and as appropriate to the area of research proposed. 

The funding call is supported by the University of Bristol's Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) with support from the University's alumni and friends. 

Award amount

Applicants can apply for awards of up to £10,000. We have a total budget of £50,000 for this scheme so will expect to fund five or more projects depending on requested funding amounts. The amounts awarded will be dictated by the needs of each project and applicants may apply for less should they wish. Please note that the funds awarded will need to be spent by the end of July 2022.

Competition deadline

The deadline for applications is 17:00, Friday 7 May 2021. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.


  • Applications must be led by a member of University of Bristol staff on academic pathways 1, 2 or 3 who identifies as 'early career'. We do not use a set number of years or grade to assess eligibility as early career, but as a guide this would normally imply individuals working at up to and including research fellow/lecturer level (Grade K).
  • Applications may be made by either one or two lead applicants and may name other co-applicants as appropriate to the proposed work
  • Applications must be for research in the area of SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applications are welcome from all disciplines and should be able to demonstrate pathways to impact from the research.
  • Funds may be used to support: staff time, consumables or other items fully justified in the application.
  • Applications may be made to extend or support additional work on existing projects if fully justified in the application. 

After assessment for eligibility, applications will be assessed by a panel of University staff using the following criteria: 


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 

1.    Research plan

  • What are the research questions?
  • Is the need for the research evident?
  • Will the research plan meet the need, aims and objectives? 

2.    Delivery and Feasibility

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

3.    Impact

  • 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 closed for applications. For any queries please contact the EBI Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk 

Special circumstances

As part of the application process you have the opportunity to highlight to us any circumstances that we need to take into account in our assessment of your application.

For example, if you have employment or research gaps arising from a period of parental leave, ill health or disability, or you had care responsibilities that affected your ability to work or if the COVID-19 pandemic has had any impact on your career pathway that you wish to highlight. 

If you wish to highlight any special circumstances please complete & return the following form with your completed application to the EBI Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk by 17:00 Friday 7 May 2021. 

EBI/DARO COVID Early Career Special Circumstances (Office document, 170kB)

Further information and queries

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

Find out more about the projects awarded under this scheme.

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