The University of Salford will be providing equipment to the government to run 'tens of thousands' of COVID-19 tests a day.
The University said that the much-needed testing machine as handed over on Monday, which is normally used by researches looking at lung inflammatory and fibrotic diseases.
The University said that they have also donated "significant quantities" of personal protective equipment to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
They say that this included 37,000 pairs of disposal gloves, over 500 lab coats and 100 pairs of safety glasses, in addition to a supply of hand sanitiser.
Professor Sheila Pankhurst, Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment, said: "I am so proud of the way in which university staff have stepped up to support our NHS at this vital time.
"As a civic university, we are committed to supporting our community and local partners at all times, but never more so than now as part of this national effort to combat coronavirus."
The University added that students at the establishment are also working across the NHS during the pandemic.