What is the COVID-19 Research Tracker?

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. All projects in the tracker are mapped against the priorities identified in the WHO Coordinated Global Research Roadmap: 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery. This mapping helps us support funders and researchers to deliver a more effective and coherent global research response. To our knowledge, this tracker is one of the most comprehensive databases of its kind, covering a range of disciplines and geographies.

Last updated: 09 November 2023

What is the Living Mapping Review?

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 (LMR)  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 on 2 February 2023, is based on data from the Tracker from July 2022. 


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. 


UKCDR and GloPID-R have also taken a deeper look at four key themes that emerged during our analysis through our Tracker Highlights series. The four key themese are: indirect health impactsresearch capacity strengtheninglong COVID; and new variants.