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Covid-19 Rapid Response Call

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is offering support for research into the novel coronavirus / COVID-19. This call is for applications to enable University of Bristol academic staff to apply for research funding in this area.

Alex Leach
Deputy Director of Innovation & Growth

The deadline is 12:00 on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

For further information please contact Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

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About the scheme

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is offering support for research into the novel coronavirus / COVID-19.  This call is for applications to enable University of Bristol academic staff to apply for research funding in this area.

The funding call is supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Institutional Strategic Support Funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) have also provided support from the University’s alumni and friends.

Award amount

We anticipate that individual projects funded from this scheme will be in the order of £500 – £5,000 each, and this will be dictated by the needs of each project. Please contact us if you have a research idea that would cost above this amount.

Competition deadline

For this call, we are operating a deadline for applications, but after the initial deadline we will keep the scheme open to applications on a rolling basis, depending on availability of funding.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising of University of Bristol staff. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within five working days of the deadline, this will be earlier if the Institute is able to do so.

Eligibility

  • Applications must be for research work in the area of the novel coronavirus / COVID-19
  • The scheme is open to all academic staff members at the University of Bristol
  • Funds will be used to support research activities directly (not for co-ordination activities)
  • Funds may be used to support: equipment, consumables, staff time or other items if fully justified in the application
  • Applications may be made for aspects of planned projects that cannot be funded from elsewhere, for instance for a piece of equipment or software.

Criteria:

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 

Aims and objectives

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

Deliverability

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

 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.
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