GHRN COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources from GHRN network of researchers in low resource settings

The GHRN members are working together to respond to COVID-19, re-directing resources to meet both the clinical and research challenges now faced. To support the work of GHRN partners we are collating resources which may be useful to all those in the Respiratory research field. Below you can find details of funding opportunities, General resources related to working in new ways due to COVID-19 and a list of upcoming and recent webinars on COVID-19 subjects. 

New research initiatives

o    GHRN partner Global RECHARGE (Leicester) are conducting an online survey to find what about how best to help people in LMICs recover after having COVID-19. There is a survey for healthcare workers and a survey for individuals who have had COVID-19. Click here take part in the survey.

COVID-19 Webinars
o   The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) wants to support our global primary care respiratory community through an 8 week series of clinical practice webinars and abstract presentations, starting on Saturday May 16, 2020. These virtual clinical practice webinars are open to all respiratory interested primary care healthcare professionals. They give us the opportunity to discuss and debate current COVID-19 challenges for primary care globally. 
Registration for all Healthcare Professionals is free:  Webinar list: Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK,

Practical advice
o    Practical advice on COVID-19 for people in informal settlements, ARISE (LSTM, UK),
o    What is COVID-19? Who are more vulnerable?, ARISE (LSTM, UK),
o    Preventable measures? Treatment at home? , ARISE (LSTM, UK),
o    Reliable sources of information on COVID-19?, ARISE (LSTM, UK),
o    How to maintain good mental health?, ARISE (LSTM, UK),

Information curated by IPCRG for primary care

Social science
o    Social science lessons learned on SARS and influenza – full report , Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK),
o    Social science lessons learned on SARS and influenza – summary, Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK),
o    Social science lessons learned on Ebola – full report, Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK),
o    Social science lessons learned on Ebola – summary, Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK),

Courses and education
o    COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application (Online Course), University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
o    Resources and support during the Pandemic (including webinars on adapting Postgraduate education, Conducting Vivas Online for both Examiner and candidates), UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) ,

Fieldwork and remote ways of working
o    Fieldwork during the pandemic, Lupton, D,
o    Conducting Qualitative Fieldwork during COVID 19 (Webinar Recording), NVIVO,
o    Skype as a tool for qualitative Research, Cardiff Metropolitian University, UK,
o    Phone interviewing as a means of data collection, Qualitative Research,
o    Guidance on conducting telephone interviews, Realities,
o    Ethics Guidelines for Internet-mediated Research, British Psychological Society (BPS) ,
o    Blog on Researcher Protection and Practises in Internet-Mediated Research , British Psychological Society (BPS) ,
o    Good Practise in Research: Internet-mediated research, UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) ,

Data collection
o    UK Data Service guidance on online data collection, UK data service,

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities


o    Pan-European cohorts: Deadline June 11th 45 pages

o    NIHR, This is a single, national process to allow the Chief Medical Officer for England to prioritize COVID-19 studies which hold the greatest potential for tackling the challenges faced. Deadline: no deadline, NIHR: COVID-19 Urgent Public Health Research 

o    Projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak., UKRI, Deadline: no deadline,
o    UKRI, Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Deadline:no deadline, UKRI: Open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19.
Other funders
o    EDCTP2 Address knowledge gap of reliable epidemiological data
o    Welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic., Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Deadline: no deadline,
o    Urgency proposals related to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Research must fall predominantly within the NERC remit., NERC, Deadline: no deadline,



o    GHRN partner UCL is inviting early career scientists in the MPRU network to explore potential research projects related to COVID -19 that we can share and discuss via zoom on the 28th May 2020. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects within the network are highly encouraged.  If you think you have a tractable project, please share a two-slide PowerPoint pitch on your potential COVID-19 related project by May 15th 2020 by sending directly to S [dot] kuo [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk.

o    Public health measures to slow the community spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, Professor Ben Cowling, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong, Friday 17 April 10:00-11:00 (UK), Register:

o Virus-virus interactions: Implications for the population dynamics and control of acute respiratory infections, Centre for Global Health Webinar, Wednesday, 15th April 2020, at 14:00.,


o    Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the 2019-nCoV epidemic, EC, Deadline: 12/02/2020,
o    Development of therapeutics and diagnostics combatting coronavirus infections, EC, Deadline: 31/03/2020,

o    COVID-19 Rapid Response Call - Active intervention development, MRC, Deadline: 13/02/2020,
o    COVID-19 Rapid Response Call - Diagnosing and understanding COVID-19, MRC, Deadline: 27/02/2020,

o    Frontier Tech 4 COVID Action: emerging market ventilation systems. Frontier Tech are looking for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. Deadline 24 March, DFID, Deadline: 24/03/2020,
o    Epidemic Preparedness: COVID-19 funding call, Wellcome Trust/DFID, no deadline - currently closed,


o    Focus on vaccines and therapeutics; and on diagnostics, clinical investigations, anthropology investigations, and development of technologies, platforms or systems to accelerate the R&D of diagnostics. NIHR, Deadline: 27/02/2020,
o    Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak, NIHR, Deadline:31/12/2020,

Other funders

o    COVID-19 Grant (for UK-registered medical practitioners or research scientists in the UK), BMA, Deadline: 03/04/2020,
o    ELRHA, This Call focuses on identified priorities related to the current COVID-19 outbreak in humanitarian settings in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Proposals: Refugees or IDPs in camps or urban humanitarian settings, or conflict-affected people in humanitarian settings in LMICs; Health systems and health care workers supporting the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings in LMICs. Topics: Innovative solutions, Supporting existing health care delivery, Predicting outbreaks, Social science, Co-ordination and sharing behavioural research, Deadline: 13th April, 20th April and 4th May 2020,

o    EDCTP2  call for proposals providing novel, critical and timely insights into the COVID-19 outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa and/or potential avenues for its management or prevention. Proposals must be timely, with rapid activation, to enable early and valuable outcomes to be established and/or to access time-dependent resources. The call will support collaborative clinical research studies through funding the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA). Deadline: 17th April 2020,

o    COVID-19 rapid response data science taskforce. Teams will rapidly trial tested, robust and reproducible data science and machine learning methods on this new national data resource of COVID ICU data, to create a near real-time, human-in-the-loop analytics platform and information console to support acute care management and clinical decision making for COVID-19., Turing Institute, Deadline: 03/04/2020,
o    Identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19, LifeArc COVID-19 Fund, Deadline: 06/04/2020,
o    A COVID-19 funding call to support researchers in microbiology in better understanding and addressing COVID-19 outbreak., BSAC, , 17/04/2020,