Funding call for COVID-19 research projects

This call is now closed!

This call is to support research grant applications that address COVID-19 and its impact on infection management globally in particular, antimicrobial stewardship with a focus on translational research (i.e. research into clinical practice). We are especially interested to receive applications focussed on qualitative or quantitative research in the areas of:

      • Automated diagnosis and quantitative analysis of COVID-19
      • Bacterial and fungal co-Infection and secondary Infections in patients with COVID-19
      • Coronavirus disease treatment & management
      • COVID-19 vaccine development pipeline
      • How is COVID-19 accelerating the threat of antimicrobial resistance, particularly in resource-limited settings?

ELIGIBILITY: This is a worldwide open call i.e. applicants from any country can apply.

FUNDING SCOPE: To reflect the global nature of this call funding is being offered in US dollars outlined below.

      • Grants are valued from $20,000 to $100,000.
      • Support is offered for new or existing projects of up to 12 months in duration only.
      • 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.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be made in English language.
In the first instance we are inviting expressions of interest as a single 1-page A4 submission. Expressions of interest must include the following information:

      • Contact Information (Applicant’s full name and email address, Institute/Organisation full name, address and country)
      • Project Title
      • Background
      • Hypothesis
      • Proposed Work
      • Potential Impact to the field
      • Timeframe (grants are for up to 12 months duration only)
      • Indicative Costs and details of how funds will be allocated
      • Submissions: CLOSED


      • Deadline for submissions of expressions of interest: 12 May 2021 (23:59 GMT/UK time). Now closed!
      • Submission of a full application is by invitation only. Invitations to submit a full application will be issued week commencing 24 May 2021 and invited applicants will be provided all necessary information at this time.
      • Deadline for submission of full applications: 20 June 2021 (23:59 GMT/UK time).
      • Awards to be announced: by 30 September 2021.

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

For all enquiries please email

Important documents to note at the top of this page:
Terms and Conditions for BSAC Grants

Standard Operating Procedures for BSAC Grants
An example full application form (for illustration purposes only)

Grants awarded previously:
All grants awarded for COVID-19 research in 2020, plus a history of all BSAC grants awarded from 2005 to date can be found at the top of this page.

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

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