A living mapping review for COVID-19 funded research projects

Published on Thursday 8th July 2021


The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) and Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), have published the nine-month update of the COVID CIRCLE Living Mapping Review available on Wellcome Open Research. The living mapping review is based on data from the UKCDR/GloPID-R COVID-19 Research Project tracker.


The UKCDR/GloPID-R research project tracker, which now contains over 11,000 research projects from 227 funders in 142 countries is one of the most comprehensive live databases of COVID-19 research funding globally. The tracker provides an overview of research projects mapped against the priorities identified in the WHO Coordinated Global Research Roadmap: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.


To make best use of the expansive data in the Tracker, UKCDR & GloPID-R produce a quarterly Living Mapping Review of COVID-19 funded research projects which analyses the globally funded COVID-19 related research.


The living mapping review provides a detailed analysis of the tracker, and focuses thematic analysis of research gaps, research areas requiring greater coordination, study populations and research locations (with a focus on resource-limited settings).


The review supports both funders and researchers to deliver a strategic and coherent global response prioritising resources to underfunded areas where there is the greatest research need.


As part of this analysis, COVID CIRCLE also produce tracker highlights, with a deep dive of research funding of key research areas including:


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