COG-UK was established in April 2020 supported by £20 million funding from the COVID-19 rapid-research-response “fighting fund” from Her Majesty’s Treasury (established by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance), and administered by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The consortium was also backed by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Testing Innovation Fund on 16 November 2020 to facilitate the genome sequencing capacity needed to meet the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the UK over the winter period.
These key academic partners provide sequencing and analysis capacity to the consortium
Central Sequencing Hub
The consortium is supported by the central sequencing hub of the Wellcome Sanger Institute
Public Health Agencies
The four Public Health Agencies of the UK are a core component of the consortium
Additional Sequencing Sites
The following academic universities, institutions, Public Health groups and NHS organisations are working together in the consortium