EBI Rapid Response funding call:

COVID-19 Global Public Health – Round 2

How to apply

This scheme is now closed for applications.

Further information

If you would like any further information about this funding call please contact ebi-globalhealth@bristol.ac.uk.

This scheme is now closed for applications.

About the scheme

The Global Public Health Research Strand at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is offering support for urgent global public health research in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This call is for applications to enable University of Bristol academic staff to apply for funding to support research focusing on Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) settings that are eligible for Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) funds. Through this call the Global Public Health Research Strand at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute wishes to encourage researchers to propose work that has impact in this critically important area. Proposals for pump-priming research activities that inform more substantive research and that lay the ground for future ODA activity are very welcome.

*Research projects for this round must be completed by 31 July 2021*

The funding call is supported by the University of Bristol’s QR GCRF Strategy 2018-2021, which is funded through Research England. The Strategy enables the University to build equitable and sustainable relationships with partners in developing countries to tackle global challenges.

Award amount

Approximately £80,000 is available in this funding round. Applicants may apply for up to £25,000 per project. Consideration may be given to larger awards, but applicants who wish to propose projects above this amount must contact us before submitting an application. Lower cost applications are also welcome. 

Application deadline and outcome

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10:00 am on Monday 7th December 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of University of Bristol experts. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15th December 2020 and successful awardees will be asked to report on their projects in August 2021.


  • Applications must be for global public health research related to the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic or its secondary impacts in LMICs, whether focusing on social, biomedical, economic, cultural, epidemiological, clinical, regulatory, health system, or other relevant dimensions.
  • Preference will be given in this round to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary applications involving applicants from more than one Faculty.
  • The scheme is open to all academic staff members at the University of Bristol.
  • Strong preference will be given to applications that include one or more LMIC partners. Where no LMIC partner is involved, an extremely strong justification for feasibility delivering ODA impact will be expected. Due to the short timescales, any applicant intending to collaborate with an LMIC partner with whom a financial/collaboration agreement is not already in place is advised to contact their Financial Business Partner before submitting an application, in order to check whether due diligence and collaboration agreements can feasibly be established.
  • Please note that bid development or preparation for funding for further research is not an ODA eligible activity.
  • Funds may be used to support: overseas partner(s) costs, equipment, consumables, staff time, or other items if fully justified in the application (please see the application form for more details of eligible staff costs).
  • Applications may be made for aspects of planned projects that cannot be funded from elsewhere, for instance for a piece of equipment or software.
  • Open access publication costs cannot be funded from the scheme although the University of Bristol has limited funds available to support open access publishing fees. More information and how to claim can be found here.


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 

Aims and objectives

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


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


  • Will the research primarily benefit low- and middle-income countries on the DAC recipient list?
  • Does the proposal make a convincing case that the research is likely to have impact, with a clearly defined pathway to that impact?
Edit this page