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. 


NHS Scotland and other front-line services urgently require the following critical supplies now and in the coming weeks:

  • Ventilators and associated kit for Intensive Care Unit needs
  • Face masks – FFP3 masks that comply with EN149:2001
  • Surgical masks – Type IIR Fluid Resistant
  • Surgical gowns
  • Hand Sanitiser – hospital / social care requirements
  • Swabs-Testing Kit - MW951S (bottle, agent, stick)
  • Disposable eye wear and disposable full face visors

Can you help? Please download the letter below from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, appealing to companies who may be able to help deliver these critical supplies. 

If your business can offer any support please respond directly to the email address detailed in the letter.

Download letter

The UK Government has issued a detailed specification for Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) that includes: gowns, surgical face masks, respirator masks, eye protection amd protective coveralls.

Download the specification here

UK Government: tell us you can produce testing kits and services

The UK Government has published forms on its website for organisations that can manufacture and supply testing consumables, equipment and laboratory PPE as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

The government is asking businesses to support the manufacture and supply of:

  • testing consumables and equipment
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) for laboratories
  • new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies

This is to ensure they can increase coronavirus tests in the UK.


The UK Government has issued a detailed specification for Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) that includes: gowns, surgical face masks, respirator masks, eye protection amd protective coveralls. Download the specification here.

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Researchers at Brunel University London need manufacturing partners to rapidly manufacture this device at scale to help in the fight against COVID-19.

  1. Electronics manufacturing - PCB manufacturing and assembly capability
  2. CNC machining 
  3. 3D printing or Injection moulding
  4. ISO13485 certified reagent supplier
  5. Lab equipment and reagent suppliers - swabs and other sample collection and preparation accessories including gloves, pipettes and pipette tips ready to manufacture, rapid and portable testing kit.

If you can help with manufacturing this incredibly important device please contact Ian Ferris on Linkedin.

Contact Ian Ferris

COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

(Updated call 02 April) The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.

It can take up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19.

Some ambulance cleaning centres can also be some distance away from their base or hospitals – adding strain and delay on an already busy and pressurised service as the vehicles cannot be used until cleaning is completed.

DASA has today launched a new Innovation Focus Area as part of its Open Call for Innovation seeking industry’s help to identify rapid sanitising technology solutions that can be demonstrated in a live trial on an ambulance.

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


Funding available for ideas that address Covid-19

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

UKRI will support excellent proposals of 12-18 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 grant) 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 an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

If a grant is awarded, they will provide funding at 80% of the full economic cost (fEC).

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Design for open-source manufacture of face shields

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

The design does not require 3D printing – it is made of four commonly available components. It is being made freely available and can be found here

The only requests are that design credit is given, modified designs have an equally open license and that manufacture is non-profit. 

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

The aim of this competition is to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. By fast-tracking innovation, the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the UK more resilient to similar disruption.

Your application must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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£20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK resilience following coronavirus outbreak

Businesses could help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak and similar situations in the future, as a result of £20 million government funding announced on Friday 03 April by the UK Government.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.

Innovations could include:

  • new technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK
  • new services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills
  • creating education tools which seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind

Visit to find out more 

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