Covid-19: research we've funded

From the development of treatments and vaccines, to support for low- and middle-income countries, we’re funding a range of Covid-19 research. Our aim is to accelerate the development and uptake of Covid-19 interventions, to protect those most at risk.

We support this research through collaborative initiatives, a funding call, and our connections with networks of researchers. 


COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator

Wellcome launched the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, together with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard, to research and develop effective Covid-19 treatments, and help bring them to market quickly and accessibly. Read about the grants awarded through this initiative(opens in a new tab).

The Therapeutics Accelerator is a key part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which is working to deliver 245 million courses of treatment in low- and middle-income countries by mid-2021. 

Other treatments research we've funded


CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

Wellcome is supporting global vaccine research and development through CEPI. CEPI is currently funding the development of nine Covid-19 vaccines. Several are already in phase 3 clinical trials.

Find out more about CEPI’s Covid-19 vaccines(opens in a new tab), and work to ensure fair allocation of them through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX)(opens in a new tab).

Other vaccines research we've funded

Support for low- and middle-income countries 

Find out how community workers and young people are using mobile technology to respond to Covid-19 in Kenya.

Epidemic Preparedness: Covid-19 funding call

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Wellcome have awarded more than £12 million in research funding to help low- and middle-income countries prepare for and rapidly respond to the pandemic, through our Covid-19 funding call (which is now closed). 

Read about the grants we've funded through the call.

One of the projects we're supporting – ALERRT CCP – has set up remote training for healthcare workers across Africa. 

Other low- and-middle income country research we've funded

Drug-resistant infections 

Mental health 

Culture and society 

Open research 

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