Bayes Centre

Volunteer and Funding Calls

Calls for specific expertise and volunteers to help testing for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and to gain survey responses to further investigate the pandemic.

Please note some of the links are dedicated to The University of Edinburgh staff and/or students but some are also open to all so please do review. Note that the list below has been collated from a variety of sources and the Bayes Centre is not directly linked to the companies/departments mentioned (unless clearly stated), so should you have any questions regarding the below please use the links and contact companies directly.

Supporting research into 2021 and beyond

Jonathan Seckl, VP Research, outlines University plans for supporting your research into 2021 and beyond including access to research facilities, new ways of doing research, digital and data-driven research and the services available from Edinburgh Research Office.


Hub for Covid related Europen Research Area Funding


Volunteer Calls

Name Details Link
Covid-19 testing specific expertise A joint NHS/academic taskforce is now looking to establish how the Scottish academic community can support NHS labs during the COVID-19 pandemic. NHS Scotland Laboratory Medicine wishes to establish a comprehensive list of academic colleagues prepared to volunteer themselves to be at NHS' disposal, together with an overview of their relevant skills. Survey
Estimate of the number of cases with COVID-19 symptoms in the UK Working with an international team of scientists on estimating the number of cases with COVID-19 symptoms in different countries, and how this evolves over time. Why is this useful? Largely because testing is insufficient and the official numbers are not painting an accurate picture. Survey
Covid-19 Outbreak Expert Database If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database. Signing up does not commit you to contributing in anyway, it’s simply so that Parliament has your details to hand and can contact you very rapidly; if they contact you and you aren’t able to respond, they will fully understand Sign up
Call for modellers to support epidemic modelling of COVID19 - Royal Society Community of Interest In recent months the UK's community of academic experts in pandemic modelling has been active in providing evidence to inform Government policy. To support this work, the Royal Society is now coordinating an urgent call to action for the scientific modelling community to contribute to a new scheme (RAMP) that will apply their modelling and data science skills to areas of critical policy need in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign Up
Online Wellbeing and Trust Index Survey Have you been online in the last month?If so, we want to hear from you. Have you been online in the last month?If so, we want to hear from you. Your participation may help us understand how spending time online affects your wellbeing, and how this might be related to trust. This will help us to develop a measure for assessing online wellbeing and trust. Survey
Royal Academy of Engineering There is an immediate need for ventilator manufacture, but we want to encourage innovation and ideas across all areas, including healthcare systems, critical infrastructure, business management and supply chain. There are also a number of different Please sign up to any of the relevant expertise databases in the list. See List

Funding Calls

Name Details Deadline
NERC: Urgency grants related to the current Coronavirus outbreak NERC welcome Urgency proposals related to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Research must fall predominantly within the NERC remit. No deadline

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. No deadline
PRACE Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe: Support to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic PRACE is welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. No deadline

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