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UK provides more funding for LMIC coronavirus research

Image: U.S. President's Malaria Initiative, via Flickr

Up to £1m available for research in priority areas

Two United Kingdom-based funders have announced funding to support research on Covid-19 in low- and middle-income countries.

The 18 May call is a collaboration between the National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation.

The funding will support research listed by the World Health Organization as priorities for the novel coronavirus pandemic: epidemiology; clinical management; preventing and controlling infections; and social sciences in the outbreak response. It will also support research into “indirect consequences of the pandemic” in LMICs, such as mental health, domestic violence, and maternal and child health. 

Projects can receive up to £1 million (US$1.23m) over 18 months. Researchers based in LMICs and in the UK can apply. 

“This important call for research will directly benefit people living in low- and middle-income countries. The virus presents different challenges in different settings, so research is needed across these settings,” said Chris Whitty, chief medical officer at the NIHR, in a statement.