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How you can help in the fight against COVID-19

Businesses and communities are being called upon to help tackle COVID-19

How you can help

There are a number of ways you can help provide vital services and equipment during the current COVID-19 crisis. Businesses are already applying their resources and changing their day-to-day operations to help where they can. If you have the resources available, please have a look below to see where your help is needed. 

Funding calls 

There are also funding calls being announced regularly looking to those who can offer innovative solutions, now during the pandemic as well as looking towards the future resilience of our people and economy. Find out more below. 

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator

Published 15 June 

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator is a collaborative effort between governments, the private sector, academia and philanthropy looking to bring effective treatments to market quickly and accessibly.

You can get involved and propose a new treatment or study on the website.

Visit therapeuticsaccelerator.org 

Guidance for businesses offering support to tackle COVID-19

The Scottish Government has established a single point of contact to help prioritise offers of support to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. It will help ensure that offers of support are directed to where they're most needed and will have the most impact. 

Support needed is varied but key areas might include manufacturing, medical equipment and supplies, infrastructure, transport and distribution.

Go to gov.scot

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Public encouraged to register for COVID-19 vaccine trials as 100,000 already sign-up

Published 17 August 2020

UK researchers urge more volunteers across all groups to sign-up,and help speed up efforts to find a safe and effective vaccine in the fight against coronavirus.

Find out more 

Help the UK government increase COVID-19 testing capacity

Published 08 June 2020

The UK government is asking for help from businesses to increase testing capacity across the UK.

On 02 April, the UK government announced its new national testing strategy, which included a commitment to deliver 100,000 tests a say by the end of the month. There is now a call to industry to help meet that target and support the effort to tackle the virus.

What’s needed?

The UK government would like to hear from you if you can help with any of the following:

  • consumables and equipment for coronavirus testing, in particular test kits (such as nose and throat swabs, transport media and vials) and RNA extraction lab consumables (such as reagents, plates and pipette tips)
  • new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies. These must meet the requirement set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

There is also an ask of public and private sector organisations that can offer laboratory capacity.

Visit uk.gov to find out more

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Open Call - Innovation Focus Areas

What is an Open Call?

An Open call is a funding mechanism used by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It's flexible by allowing bidders to present ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without the need for invite. 

Innovation Focus Areas

Updated 01 October 2020

The Innovation Focus Area is of particular importance towards supporting the national effort in tackling COVID-19. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service.

To find out more and answer the call, visit the UK Government website.

Visit uk.gov

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UKRI funding available for ideas that address Covid-19

Updated 01 October: Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI has received unprecedented interest in this call and are now focusing its funding on the gaps in the research and innovation landscape.

  • Project length: up to 18 months
  • Closing date: none - apply at any time. 
  • Funding: grants will be awarded at 80% of the full economic cost for Research Council funding or in line with Innovate UK's funding rules. For Innovate UK funding, State Aid rules apply. 
  • Award range: There is no specific budget for this call. UKRI are interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact.

On Friday 31 July the application process changed, visit the UKRI website to keep up to date.

Further information, guidance on how to apply and eligibility criteria are on the UKRI website.

 

Solasta House on Inverness Campus

Design for open-source manufacture of face shields

4c Engineering joined forces with neighbours in HIE’s Solasta House facility at Inverness Campus to meet the urgent need for PPE. They've developed a simple design for a face shield, supplying 1000's to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The design, which is made of four commonly available components, has being made freely available for anyone to use. You can access it here.

In return for access to the design, 4c Engineering and Aseptium ask that you give design credit, modified designs have an equally open license and that manufacture is non-profit. 

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Guidance: 3D printing of medical devices or component parts during COVID-19 

Published 04 June 2020

The UK Government has issued guidance relating to the use of 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing. 

With a dramatic increase in enquiries about the use of 3D printing to manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) during COVID-19, the guidance has been produced to help inform those looking to support in this area. 

Read more on gov.uk

Guidance: Regulatory status of software (including apps) used in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with COVID-19

Advice for manufacturers, members of the public and professional users of software or apps being used during the COVID-19 pandemic has been issued by the UK Government. 

Read more on gov.uk 

 

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COVID Accelerator 

Covid Accelerator is an active community of people from all walks of life working together to build solutions that help tackle COVID-19. 

The community includes project managers, artists, community organisers, healthcare workers, designers, hardware engineers and programmers.

If you become part of the community, you'll get visibility of the projects being developed, help to start your own and support from those involved. 

Find out more and join the community

 

 

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