The University of Oxford's COVID-19 Research Response Fund was set up in April 2020 to fund research by the University's investigators in all areas of the global COVID-19 crisis. Projects are funded by philanthropic donations to the University that have been given for the purpose of supporting COVID-19 research.
- Projects must intend to have high impact in the short to medium-term on the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally projects are expected to start very rapidly and last no longer than 15 months.
- Projects will be prioritised that are expected to have a significant impact on human health or well-being, or improving understanding of COVID-19.
- In earlier rounds of the Fund, projects were prioritised that could generate immediate impact. As the scope of the fund has now been expanded to projects with medium-term impact, previous applicants may reapply if their projects can still generate significant impact.
- Award holders are expected to provide brief regular reports on progress to donors in collaboration with the Development Office
- Projects can be from any discipline and hosted by any department of the University. Projects that require the re-opening of departments or buildings that are currently closed will not normally be supported.
- Awards will typically be made in the range of £20k to £200k (larger projects may be funded in exceptional circumstances)
- Clinical research projects requiring access to COVID-19 patients in Oxford must be approved by the COVID-19 Clinical Research Review Group (CRRG). See How To Apply for more information
- Non-urgent COVID-19 research projects can continue to apply through other internal funding calls, e.g. John Fell Fund, Wellcome ISSF, GCRF QR.