Collaborative opportunities to help fight the war against COVID-19

NEWS April 2, 2020

There are a number of funding and collaborative initiatives for researchers and businesses that have the expertise and facilities to help.

We have collated some of the key opportunities.

UK Research & Innovation support 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are seeking proposals for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support proposals of 12-18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

For more information please see HERE.

This is a call for University-led research and innovation but the grant could also be used to support your R&D initiatives. To benefit from collaboration with the University of Surrey please contact Michael Reilly, Research Bid Development Manager at”

Innovate UK fast track COVID-19 funding competition

Innovate UK has announced a competition where they will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects.

The aim of the competition is to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition closes on 17th April.  Innovate UK state that the application must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society or an industry that has been severely impacted or disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovate UK is committed to fast-tracking innovation to ensure the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the UK more resilient to similar disruption.

To apply, click here.

The University of Surrey COVID-19 response team

The University of Surrey  is supporting the NHS and other authorities working to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in many different ways. The University has a response team available to help you understand how the University could assist you with the provision of practical assistance, facilities or research support in tackling the pandemic. To find out more please contact the response team at

Support in the supply of ventilators

The Government is looking for businesses who can support the supply of ventilators. As well as manufacturers, the Government is looking for businesses with the following skills; design specification, medical training, rapid prototyping, contract, product assembly, certification, regulation, testing, and logistics.

Find our more HERE.

Government’s database on research expertise

The Government is urgently creating a database of quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both the coronavirus and its impacts.

If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, and are interested in being part of the database, please sign up via the form HERE.

Tell us how you are helping fight COVID-19

Surrey Research Park and the University of Surrey would like to hear how businesses on Surrey Research Park are helping with the fight against COVID-19. We may be able to help facilitate further collaboration and interest in our collective efforts.

Please send details to Vicki Fletcher, Marketing and Communications Manager on