Scottish Government Ramps up Rapid COVID-19 Research Studies

May 2, 2020 | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Grants, Research, Scotland

Scottish Government Ramps up Rapid COVID-19 Research Studies

Over 50 studies in Scotland seek to tackle the COVID-19 virus and its impact. The projects range from the screening of potential treatments to the supporting of clinical trials benefit from a near £5 million infusion from the Scottish Government. The money supports 55 rapid research projects in 15 Scottish universities and research centers.

The Goals

·        better understand the effects of infection

·        develop and test new diagnostics and treatments 

·        investigate new disease surveillance approaches

·        inform interventions to prevent transmission of infection

·        support the mental health of frontline health and social care workers

·        understand the physical and mental health implications of lockdown measures

Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman chimed in: “Scotland is home to some of the most respected researchers and scientists in the world. COVID-19 is the biggest challenge we have faced in our lifetimes and it is vital that we capture the potential of the extraordinarily strong research base here to contribute to the global efforts to tackle and mitigate the impact of it.”


Successful applicants were chosen by an independent expert panel, co-chaired by Professor Eleanor Davies from the University of Glasgow and Professor Shaun Treweek from the University of Aberdeen. The Rapid Research in COVID-19 funding call was launched by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Office late in March and included the following studies:

·        University of Aberdeen: 6 projects, £972,870

·        University of Dundee: 2 projects, £487,710

·        University of Edinburgh: 8 projects, £603,500

·        Glasgow Caledonian University: 3 projects, £136,290

·        University of Glasgow: 9 projects, £1,025,458

·        Institute of Occupational Medicine: 1 project, £206,300

·        Edinburgh Napier University: 3 projects, £166,826

·        Queen Margaret University: 2 projects, £92,424

·        Robert Gordon University: 1 project, £55,789

·        University of St Andrews: 3 projects, £132,719

·        University of Strathclyde: 4 projects, £355,096

·        Scotland’s Rural College: 1 project, £36,118

·        University of Stirling: 10 projects, £480,707

·        University of the Highlands and Islands: 1 project, £44,581

·        University of the West of Scotland: 1 project, £128,882


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