(31 Jan 2020) Wellcome is making a pledge of up to £10 million to accelerate research and support global efforts to tackle the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic.
Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome, said: “This virus is spreading at unprecedented scale with cases passing between people in multiple countries across the world. We know this is going to be challenging to control, but many unknowns and uncertainties remain.
“Accelerating research to build knowledge and inform the global response is critical to protecting health, saving lives and ending this epidemic. Wellcome is pledging up to £10m to support urgently needed research.”
Research funding to address the novel coronavirus epidemic
Wellcome is launching a targeted call for research proposals on 13 February which will:
- focus on the development of health interventions and generation and use of evidence, in particular to help low and middle-income countries prepare for and deal with the epidemic
- cover areas such as clinical research, epidemiology, social sciences, treatments and pathogenesis of infection.
We’re working together with other global funders of research to coordinate our funding priorities. The full scope of this funding call will be refined as part of the World Health Organization’s research coordination meeting in Geneva in the week of 10 February.
Funding calls have also been launched by:
- European Commission (closes on 12 February)
- UK Research and Innovation and UK Department of Health and Social Care (closes on 13 February)
- CEPI (closes on 14 February)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Canadian Institute for Health Research (closes week of 17 February)
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