The UK government has announced a 20 million pound grant to help companies develop technology to improve the country’s ability to fight the virus, which has killed more than 3,000 people in the UK alone. Each project in which the fund is involved will receive a grant of between 25,000 and 50,000 pounds, and according to the announcement, the technology the government hopes to fund will be those that will keep the economy running during this and future outbreaks.
The government said the project should focus on finding new ways to work to ensure continued productivity across key sectors in the UK and help protect against long-term impacts such as helping to support sectors such as courier services, food manufacturing, retail and transport.
Commenting on the news, Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “Researchers and businesses have responded significantly to the coronavirus outbreak, and this new investment will support the development of technology that will help industries, communities and individuals adapt to new ways of working in situations like this and other events.” “
If you are interested and have a proposal, try to enter your details online, and the UK Innovation Authority will evaluate the proposal, which must start by June 2020 and be open to the public by the end of this year.