COVID-19 Research Project Tracker by UKCDR & GloPID-R


This is a live database of funded research projects across the world related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the COVID CIRCLE initiative. By providing an overview of research projects mapped against the priorities identified in the WHO Coordinated Global Research Roadmap: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we support funders and researchers to deliver a more effective and coherent global research response. To our knowledge it is one of the most comprehensive databases, covering a wide breadth of research disciplines.

Last updated: 01 July 2022

To make the best use of the expansive data in the Tracker, we have produced a quarterly Living Mapping Review of COVID-19 funded research projects, which analyses globally funded COVID-19 related research. The LMR’s crucial insights into the breadth of COVID-19 research have helped both funders and researchers to prioritise resources to underfunded areas where there is the greatest research need, and provides opportunities to strengthen strategic collaboration. The latest iteration of the LMR, published in March 2022, is based on data from the Tracker from July 2021. 

For the first time, the LMR features an analysis of research projects in our Tracker against the pillars and priorities outlined in the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery. As research now pivots to recovery from COVID-19, the Roadmap outlines 25 key research priorities to support an improved socio-economic recovery and a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future. 

We have also taken a deeper look at three key themes that emerged during our analysis: Indirect health impactsResearch capacity strengthening; and Long Covid.


Heatmap: COVID-19 Funded Research Projects vs WHO Research Priorities

World Map: COVID-19 Funded Research Projects by Location

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This database also feeds into Europe PMC’s COVID-19 Grant Finder which allows users to search the database using keywords.

  • What information can I expect to find in the tracker?

    The tracker includes:

    • All COVID-19 research projects included in the Heatmap and World Map, with additional detail and abstracts where available
    • A full list of all datasets included in the tracker
    • Links to useful online resources
    • A historical clinical trials dataset from the WHO ICTRP, with additional categorisation to allow detailed pivot analysis on DAC list countries (not currently updated)
    • Information on funding calls (not currently updated)


    Whilst every attempt is being made to provide a comprehensive overview, we do not pretend to have an exhaustive list of all research projects. Current datasets included are listed below. Please help us complete the database by contributing any additional datasets to

    You may use the downloadable data freely and link to interactive website elements on your website, provided you give attribution to the project. Recommended attribution: UKCDR and GloPID-R COVID-19 Research Project Tracker, 2021,

  • How can I add information to this database?

    Funders and research organisations can email to provide datasets to UKCDR, ask questions on the data or provide feedback on the dashboard.

    COVID-19 Research Project Tracker: Data Fields 

    We encourage all funders to collect the information below during the funding application and decision process if possible. UKCDR can extract information from any source document – there is no need to fill out a template (although we can provide one on request).

  • What are the WHO Research Priorities for COVID-19?

  • About UKCDR & GloPID-R

    About UKCDR

    The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is a group of UK government departments and research funders working in international development research.

    UKCDR exists to amplify the value and impact of research for global development by promoting coherence, collaboration and joint action among UK research funders. governed by the Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board.

    About GloPID-R

    GloPID-R is a network of funding organizations investing in infectious diseases research preparedness and response.

    GloPID-R is the only alliance of its kind to bring together research funding organizations on a global scale to facilitate an effective and rapid research of a significant outbreak of a new or re-emerging infectious disease with epidemic and pandemic potential.

  • About COVID CIRCLE - COVID-19 Research Coordination and Learning

    The newly formed initiative COVID CIRCLE – COVID-19 Research Coordination and Learning – is a partnership between UKCDR and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R).

    COVID CIRCLE will harness current UKCDR and GloPID-R activities, including continual mapping and analysis of global COVID-19 funding through our COVID Tracker.