The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas. This programme aligns with their strategic priorities and complements the existing research funding landscape.

The COVID-19 Research Programme will prioritise funding for UK-focused projects that explore:

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.

The Health Foundation is inviting projects to apply for funding of between £100k–£200k per project for a duration of up to 12 months (including set-up time) and they will fund highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice and we welcome applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines.

The Health Foundation wants the findings of this call to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the COVID-19 Research Programme, please visit the Health Foundation website at this link:


There is no deadline for application. The programme will remain open for applications on a rolling basis. We anticipate closing the programme in September but reserve the right to close earlier should we receive a high volume of applications.

Please note: if you have any queries about the programme or application process, email