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Chief Scientist Office Statement on COVID-19 impact on research 14.05.2020  and Statement on the Restart Framework 27.05.2020 published by the National Institute for Health Research the purpose of which is to set out a framework to guide the restarting of NIHR research activities which have been paused due to COVID-19. 

Economic evaluation of ICT- enabled health innovations in times of COVID-19 26/06/2020 EU

European Network of Living Labs Living Labs and the Maker Community’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (21.04.2020)

Evaluation Support Scotland – tips for evaluating at a distance.

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing – due to the COVID-19, the submission deadline for proposals for several calls and topics is postponed from 22 April 2020 to 18 June 2020.

Innovate UK Smart Awards – Closing Date: 27nd May 2020

Kings College London COVID Research Update 23.04.2020 Recording accessible. Speakers: Dr Claire Steves and Professor Tim Spector update on scientific insights they are learning from COVID Symptom Tracker. In the webinar the importance of studying COVID and frailty and new symptoms are discussed as well as the role of the 2.6 million contributors of the COVID Symptom Tracker.

Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020 This challenge is aimed at entries that could offer solutions as part of a multi-faceted response to this and future global pandemics. Hosted be the The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network.

More than 50 Scottish rapid research studies in 15 Scottish Universities will benefit from almost £5 million of Scottish Government funding.

On 03 April 2020 Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) launched a 25,000 Innovation Fund – to support to develop innovative health and care solutions in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Outcome of the funding call for Scottish-led rapid research in Covid-19 on 25.03.2020 the Chief Scientist Office launched the Rapid Research in Covid-19 (RARC-19) funding call. The outcome was a programme of 55 Covid-19 projects recommended for funding.

Public Health England – Evaluating digital health products. Resources to help anyone developing or running a digital health product to conduct an evaluation. Updated 6 July 2020.

Scottish Rural Action sources of support in rural Scotland. Includes emerging sources of funding available for projects looking to understand and/or mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

The Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL Programme) has extended the application period until 24/08/2020 at 17:00 CET due to COVID 19. As a new Call for Proposals was launched in February 2020: “Healthy Ageing with the Support of Digital Solutions.”

The EU World Health Organisation (WHO), are leading a group to organise a global fundraising campaign to boost the development of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19. The pledging campaign will start on 4 May with the goal of raising €7.5 billion in initial funding.

Useful information on current funding opportunities hosted on the Digital Health and Care Institute website. Learn more about the funding available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wellcome – Innovator Awards – These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Researchers, individuals and teams from not-for profit and commercial organisations can apply.

With new Digital Health Indicator, HIMSS hopes global collaboration will lead to speedy innovation.

24-26 April 2020. EU Commission hosting a pan-EU Hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners, and investors to develop innovative solutions to #COVID19 challenges!

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