COVID-19 research studies

You can help

Volunteering to take part in COVID-19 research can help us tackle the virus.  Research has already found several treatments for COVID-19, and with your help we can achieve even more.

You can help whether or not you think you’ve had coronavirus. There are lots of studies happening around the country, each with different eligibility criteria. You can see a full list of the more than sixty studies that the NIHR is supporting here.

You can find out below about some studies you can choose to take part in, as well as reading about other important research happening in hospitals. All of these studies have been prioritised by the government and the NIHR is supporting their delivery across the country.

NHS Vaccine Research Registry - Anyone who has not had COVID-19 can sign up to be contacted to take part in vaccine studies. By signing up to the NHS Vaccine Research Registry, you are letting researchers know that you are happy for them to contact you if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.  It might be that different vaccines are needed for different groups of people, so a number of different studies are taking place. The registry is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over.

A wide range of research is being done into COVID-19, to help us to understand more about it and identify potential treatments, some examples are below. For most COVID-19  studies, you will be approached by a healthcare professional if they think you are suitable to take part.

However, the Mass Science app is a self-enrolment study, open to anyone with a wearable fitness device. It aims to find out if wearable devices such as Fitbits can help determine how COVID-19 spreads and affects mental and physical health. 

There are also studies taking place on apps such as the COVID Symptom Tracker (download the app here) that most adults can take part in.

There are a number of studies available for those with a COVID diagnosis. These include:

The PRINCIPLE study is looking to find treatments for the over 50s that can be taken at home.

The GenOMICC COVID-19 Study is looking for people over the age of 18 who tested positively for COVID-19. This study is led by the GenOMICC consortium and Genomics England and aims to find out why some people are more severely affected by the virus than others by analysing and comparing whole genome sequences.

The canine detection study whereby dogs are being trained to detect people with coronavirus to prevent the spread of infection.

    For more information visit ‘Studies for those with a COVID-19 diagnosis’.

    There are also studies taking place on apps such as the COVID Symptom Tracker (download the app here) that most adults can take part in.

    How to find out more

    If you are interested in finding out more about any of the COVID-19 studies, including those being run in hospitals, please visit the urgent public health COVID-19 studies. Our FAQs about COVID-19 research and FAQs about the vaccine registry might also be helpful.

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