COVID-19 Research Programme Our new research programme seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas.

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This programme is open for application until 30 September 2020.

  • New COVID-19 Research Programme is now open for applications. 
  • Funding of between £100–£200k is available for projects seeking to understand the impact of COVID-19 in the UK. 
  • The programme has two main areas of focus; service change in the health and social care system and health inequalities. 

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas. This programme aligns with our strategic priorities and complements the existing research funding landscape.  

We’re prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:  

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19 
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.  

We are inviting projects to apply for funding of between £100k–£200k per project for a duration of up to 12 months (including set-up time).   

We will fund highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice and we welcome applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines. 

We want the findings of this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.      

How to apply  

If you are interested in applying for the COVID-19 Research Programme, please go through the following steps to complete your application. 

Supporting information 

All applicants must read the Notes for applicants, Frequently Asked Questions and Draft award agreement documents in full before starting an application.  

Please note that we have recently updated the Notes for applicants (section 5) on 23 June 2020. 

Please check that the organisation responsible for administering the funds is able to sign up to the conditions detailed in the agreement before you apply for funding. Any queries should be sent to 

The application process  

Please email to request an application form once you have read the above documents.  

Applicants must submit a completed application form and related documents in a single PDF file. You will also be required to submit a detailed budget using the Excel budget template spreadsheet alongside your application form.  


There is no deadline for application. The programme will remain open for applications on a rolling basis. We anticipate closing the programme in September but reserve the right to close earlier should we receive a high volume of applications.  

Please note: if you have any queries about the programme or application process, email  

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