Edinburgh Innovations and Covid-19 pandemic
Edinburgh Innovations is working hard to drive innovation that can help the national effort to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and support the NHS. We are also endeavouring to leverage the University’s expertise to help businesses and public-sector bodies build resilience and ensure their longevity during and beyond the crisis.
We have streamlined procedures so that University researchers can begin working immediately with businesses, the public sector and other organisations to fast-track the development of new products and services.
Rapid Response – an EPSRC IAA-funded initiative
Rapid Response is an Edinburgh Innovations initiative funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account providing fast-track help to businesses and other organisations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Rapid Response initiative aims to help you collaborate with the University of Edinburgh’s researchers to adapt and build resilience for survival and future growth. Hear about recent advances in research that can help your organisation innovate, discuss your specific challenges, and access funding to further explore opportunities.
Projects under way
The University’s academic experts already have more than 30 collaborative projects under way with businesses and other external bodies. They include:
- Helping scale up disinfectant production
- Finding a new way to chemically bond antimicrobial agents to fibrous materials
- Developing a rapid point-of-care test for Covid-19
- Researching the use of the sewage system to monitor Covid-19 infection rates
- Improving social distancing among teenagers
- Developing a citizen science app to record social effects of Covid-19
Resilience and longevity
In addition to helping organisations tackle the Covid-19 pandemic directly, we can also help you innovate in order to build resilience and ensure your longevity during and beyond the crisis.
A range of funding streams have been repurposed to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, and we can help you source funding for projects that either tackle the pandemic directly or help you innovate in response to it.
To learn how we can help you, contact us
Business as usual
Meanwhile, Edinburgh Innovations is endeavouring to provide our usual full service to all our clients and prospective clients. Our meetings, events and other activity continue uninterrupted where possible, in digital format.
If you have any questions about any aspect of our services and how they might be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact us at the first opportunity.
University of Edinburgh updates on Covid-19
See the latest information and advice for students, staff and prospective students.