BSAC announces a $1million COVID-19 open funding call

BSAC is delighted to announce an open call for funding to support grant applications in response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

This is a worldwide open call for research grant applications on all aspects of COVID-19 from all countries.

We are especially interested to receive applications (a) from researchers in low-to-middle-income countries, or applications that address aspects of COVID-19 in LMIC communities; (b) that address the impact of COVID-19 on the antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship agenda.

To reflect the global nature of this grants call, funding is being offered in US Dollars. A number of grants within each of the following funding brackets will be supported:

  • Up to $25,000
  • $25,000-$50,000
  • $50,000-$75,000
  • $75,000-$100,000
  • Exceptional applications may attract a level of funding greater than $100,000

Support is offered for projects of up to 12 months in duration only.

We are inviting Expressions of Interest as a single 1-page A4 submission to include the following information:

  • Project Title
  • Background
  • Hypothesis
  • Proposed Work
  • Potential Impact
  • Research time frame
  • Indicative Costs/Funds requested, including a brief breakdown of how this will be spent and the total amount of funds requested in US Dollars ($)
  • Contact Information (Applicant’s full name and email address, Institute/Organisation full name and address)

*PLEASE NOTE: Funding cannot be used for purchasing capital equipment including computers, iPhones, tablets, appliances, machinery, camera equipment, sensors, etc. Funding can be used for laboratory consumables and staff support.

Important dates:
Deadline for submissions of expressions of interest: 15 July 2020
Invitation to submit a full application: by 31 July 2020
Deadline for submissions of full applications: 31 August 2020
Awards to be announced: mid-October 2020

Expressions of interest should be submitted as a single 1-page A4 Word or PDF document via the BSAC grants online portal:
Documents more than 1-page in length will not be accepted.
Email submissions will not be accepted.

Call for External Reviewers:

BSAC is seeking international support from experts in Virology to assist in the external review process. Should you be interested in reviewing applications submitted to this call please email your interest and full CV to:

For all enquiries please email

Grants awarded under the first COVID-19 funding call:
You can access details of all grants awarded in May 2020 as a result of the first call here

History of BSAC grants awarded: Grants Awarded 2005-2020

This grants call has been funded through an unrestricted grant from Pfizer. Other companies or organisations wishing to support this funding programme should contact Tracey Guise by email.


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