Epidemics Preparedness and Response Group

The UKCDR epidemics preparedness and response group, first convened in July 2019, brings together UK research funders of epidemics research.


What are our aims?

In the event of an epidemic, and in between ongoing epidemics, this group supports UK research funders to share relevant information, network and communicate to support coherence and collaboration in the funding and the use of research in epidemics preparedness and response.


Response to the novel coronavirus 

The UK is ramping up efforts to fund research to accelerate the development of vaccines, diagnostics and cures for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It is of critical importance that funders come together during this outbreak to ensure coordination on the epidemic response, to understand where support is best placed and that research is shared rapidly and openly.

Some examples of the response from our members:


Who are our members?

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC)
  • The Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Wellcome
  • UKRI Research Councils, including:
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
    • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
    • Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC)
    • Medical Research Council (MRC)
    • National Environment Research Council (NERC)
    • UKRI International Development Team