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For engineering and technology professionals


Further call for engineering volunteers to support the NHS

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2020

We have been approached by NHS England to engage with our members to ask for volunteers to help with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services, this time across all regions and nations.

More details.


Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

Published: Thu 2 Apr 2020

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.

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Auxiliary Engineering Support for field hospitals - volunteers needed 

Published: Wed 1 Apr 2020

There are a number of new medical facilities being built at ExCel London - as well as two other Field Hospitals in Manchester and Birmingham - to treat patients with COVID-19. 

RAEng have been approached by NHS England to find volunteers to help with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services.

More details.


IET call for volunteers to engineer solutions to COVID-19 

Published: Wed 1 Apr 2020

As an institution, we are connected to some of the best engineering minds in the world, and with more than 170,000 members across the globe, we recognise that engineers have a duty of care to society and can help the health and social care providers tackle this pandemic.

If you are an engineer wondering how you can support the fight against COVID-19 on an individual basis, we can help! Please email your contact details and area of expertise to SEP@theiet.org and we will ensure that your interest is passed onto the relevant organisation.


Engineering Designers to help the NHS in COVID-19 outbreak

Published: Wed 1 Apr 2020

The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) intend to lead a project that brings engineers and designers together to collaborate on problems sent directly from the NHS or other care providers across the globe and other sectors who may need engineering and design solutions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

More details.


NHSX is calling on innovators who can support people self-isolating during COVID-19

Published: Wed 1 Apr 2020

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. New technologies can help support the vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

More details.


Offer Coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business

Published: Wed 1 Apr 2020

Increased demand for medical supplies and equipment provides an opportunity for the engineering profession and manufacturing sector to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

The support needed ranges from medical testing equipment and protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser, to transport and logistics for moving goods or people.

Many companies have already responded to the Prime Minister’s call for 3D-printing capabilities to tackle the shortage of ventilators, but the engineering community is ideally placed to do more.

If your business can divert production and resources to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, please complete the form on the Governments website.


For researchers, funders and academics


Invitation to researchers to join COVID-19 Outbreak (and its impacts) Expert Database

Published: Tue 7 Apr 2020

To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, we are collating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you, or any researchers you know, have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, please can you sign up to the database?

Signing up does not commit you to contribute, it’s simply so that we have your details to hand and can contact you very rapidly if needed. Similarly, if we contact you and you can't respond, we fully understand. Please email SEP@theiet.org with your name and area of specialism to be added to the database.


Tackle COVID-19 through research collaborations, by donating equipment or funding research

Published: Mon 6 Apr 2020

The University of Cambridge is co-ordinating activities to address COVID-19 - If you would like to partner with them, donate equipment or fund research, please fill in their online form outlining your proposal. 

The information you provide will help to put you in touch with the right people as quickly as possible.


Diamond Light Source: Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2

Published: Mon 6 Apr 2020

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

Diamond would like to ensure that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about the COVID-19 virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine or treatment.

With this in mind, we are offering priority rapid access for groups who require instrument time for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins. Based on the number and nature of requests for priority rapid access, Diamond will make every effort to satisfy research priorities. Please visit the website for more details and to submit a proposal.