Covid 19 Funding Opportunities for UK Tech Companies

Manoj Ranaweera
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  1. NHSX for £25,000 x 20 (£500,000) – now closed
  2. Corona Hack by Mindstream AI
  3. Hack from Home #hackfromhome – ended (shipped 28 projects from 822 international participants and 147 mentors).
  4. UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19
  5. Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis)


Opportunity 1 – NHSX for £25,000 x  20 (£500,000)

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. Click for more information.

Remote Social Care

  • Finding healthy and qualified carers who can provide support for those in need
  • Managing and delivering care in care homes
  • Delivering domiciliary care and technology in the home

Optimising Staffing in Care and Volunteering Sectors

  • Recruiting, training and certifying of doctors and nurses and professional carers
  • Volunteering – recruiting and triaging volunteers into clinical and non-clinical workers
  • Projecting demand for health and care workers across the country to improve deployment and management of resources
  • Tackling data gaps in the care sector to understand the financial sustainability and needs of care businesses

Mental Health

  • Discovering and delivering mental health services
  • Accessing relevant and inclusive peer 2 peer communities
  • Supporting self-management of mental health and well-being
  • Facilitating employee well-being


Another version of the same available here.


Opportunity 2 – Corona Hack by Mindstream AI

14th to 19th Apr 2020

A virtual hackathon bringing together Biomedical and data scientists to explore ways to combat CoronaVirus. You will work collaboratively with top data scientists, biomedical researchers, vaccine specialists, startup founders and investors to developing innovative approaches to the current crisis. For more details. Organised by Mindstream AI.

Opportunity 3 – Hack from Home #hackfromhome

4th and 5th April 2020


Dataswift has launched Hack from Home, a global virtual hackathon to find technology solutions to fight the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate against its economic and societal impact.

The event will be held remotely on the 4th and 5th April and organised by HAT-LAB together with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in partnership with NHSX and a consortium of major international partners: WMG University of Warwick, University of Surrey, University of Exeter, the Ethical Tech Alliance, Samsung Medical Center, AITRICS, the Yonsei University Health System, Hanwha, a Fortune 300 Company, and Asan Medical Center, one of Korea’s most prominent healthcare centers.

This UK-launched initiative joins the global movement of hackathons taking place around the world.

Teams of technologists, creatives, activists and experts will be launching up to 25 new applications over the weekend, as they work to help solve some of the greatest challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The innovative projects will center around three themes:

  • Citizen science – solutions to empower individuals to help healthcare and the government tackle the disease faster
  • Community health – technology or applications that help the vulnerable or ensure communities have the resources to make it through the crisis
  • Mass coordination – solutions that unlock the power of personal data to help mobilisation and coordination of resources

There is no limit on the number of people who can join the hackathon – participants can sign up here.


Opportunity 4 – UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any time.

UKRI will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide-scale adoption of intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

More info from here and here.


Opportunity 5 – Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis)

The UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in the UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Competition closes: Friday 17 April 2020 12:00pm

You can claim 100% of your project costs up to the maximum of £50,000. These will be paid in advance of the project start date.

More info from here.

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