Nottingham University: Coronavirus:Written question - 72904

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 13 July 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nottingham University: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the length of time it has taken Nottingham University's Scancell COVID-19 Vaccine group to receive Government funding in comparison to similar groups in (a) Oxford and (b) Imperial universities.
Answered by: Amanda Solloway
Answered on: 20 July 2020

No such assessment has been made on the length of time taken. The government understands the urgency of the response to COVID-19 and set up a rapid response R&D fund, to accelerate research proposals into the disease. All applications to the UKRI-DHSC rapid response call are assessed on their own merits and awards made so far can be found at:

The funding calls and processes for Scancell, Oxford and Imperial have different requirements and are of different scales, therefore the timings required to make a proper and fair assessment should not be compared.

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