BSAC $1million COVID-19 open funding call


BSAC announced an open call for funding to support grant applications in response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

This was a worldwide open call for research grant applications on all aspects of COVID-19 from all countries, with specific interest in expressions of interest from (a) researchers in low-to-middle-income countries, or applications that address aspects of COVID-19 in LMIC communities and (b) that address the impact of COVID-19 on the antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship agenda.

To reflect the global nature of this grants call, funding is being offered in US Dollars. A number of grants within each of the following funding brackets will be supported:

  • Up to $25,000
  • $25,000-$50,000
  • $50,000-$75,000
  • $75,000-$100,000
  • Exceptional applications may attract a level of funding greater than $100,000

Use of Funds:
Funds are to be used solely to support research studies and researchers performing Research. No portion of the Funding may be used to purchase capital equipment such as computers, iPhones, tablets, appliances, machinery, camera equipment, sensors, etc.

Important dates:
Submissions of expressions of interest: CLOSED.
Submission of full applications is by invitation only. Deadline for submission of invited applications is Monday 31 August 2020 (23:59 GMT / UK time).
Awards will be announced mid-October 2020.

Call for External Reviewers:

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

For all enquiries please email

Grants awarded under the first COVID-19 funding call:
You can access details of all grants awarded in May 2020 as a result of the first call here

History of BSAC grants awarded: Grants Awarded 2005-2020

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

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