Coronavirus: Research:Written question - 71763

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 09 July 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Coronavirus: Research
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has (a) made available and (b) been allocated to model the transmission of the covid-19 virus in (i) air and (ii) water.
Answered by: Amanda Solloway
Answered on: 17 July 2020

UK Research and Innovation has made several awards for studies on the transmission of COVID-19 through the UKRI open call as well as through the joint DHSC-UKRI Rapid Response Rolling call. This includes a £0.3million project led by Public Health England, to study how SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted, by determining how long SARS-CoV-2 can survive in the air and on different types of surfaces (for example, those found in the healthcare, domestic and community settings) under controlled environmental conditions (a range of temperatures and humidities) representative of those found in different settings and countries.

The UKRI open call is still open for applications and has so far funded 140 projects worth £41million. A full list of COVID-19 related funding is available on the UKRI website and is updated weekly.

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