AMR Funding to Address the Impacts of COVID-19 in Children

AMR Funding to Address the Impacts of COVID-19 in Children

Action Medical Research (AMR) is a UK charity that funds medical research to help find a cure for diseases affecting sick and disabled babies, children and young people.

The AMR Funding for Medical Research to Address the Impacts of COVID-19 in Children scheme invites applications to address the pathobiology, physical health and mental health impacts of COVID-19 in children and young people. For this call, the remit covers the unborn child, infants, children and young people up to the age of 25 years.

Researchers should address unmet need and clarify how the research will make a novel and impactful advancement in terms of the understanding of paediatric disease, diagnosis, treatment and/or health system policy.

The following project themes are recommended as guidance but the call is not limited to these areas:

Understanding severe illness including the immune and inflammatory response to COVID-19 in children and young people.

Mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability to COVID-19 infection.

Medical research for children that feeds into policy recommendations and impacts for society.

Neurodevelopment and mental health impact of COVID-19.

The emphasis is on clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science. Projects should have a short to medium-term clinical impact. Alongside this, the project could contribute to the longer term understanding of biology and/or lessons for future pandemics.

The Principal Investigator (PI) should be employed in a permanent position in a UK university or institution and projects should be based in UK hospitals, universities and research institutions. Research teams must have the relevant experience to complete the work. Funding is for UK-based research but applicants are permitted to collaborate with EU and international groups and studies.

The upper award limit is £200,000. Projects can last for 6 to 36 months. Support covers salary costs, consumables and items of dedicated equipment essential for carrying out the work.

There is a two-stage application process: initial outline application form (Expression of Interest) followed by an invited full proposal. The following key dates apply:

Outline application deadline: as soon as possible and by 25 August 2020

Full application deadline: 29 September 2020

The outcome is expected to be announced in December 2020.

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