COVID-19 Recovery: Building Future Pandemic Preparedness and Understanding Citizen Engagement in the USA and UK

Closing Date: 06/10/2021

Funding to facilitate international and interconnected learning about the contexts, causes and factors leading to vaccine engagement by supporting research within the USA and UK.

The British Academy (BA), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Science & Innovation Network in the USA (SIN USA) are inviting proposals from UK and US-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences aiming to support around 10 in-depth transatlantic studies focused on UK-US vaccine engagements, including examples of community confidence and hesitancy.

This call is funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

This call follows a forthcoming initial pilot study and aims to scale that work further, building an evidence base allowing us to answer:

  • How does context specific to place, culture, social, political and economic factors shape people’s responses to vaccines?
  • How can we harness existing knowledge to develop, disseminate and employ community-engaged research which works for and with national and regional public health authorities and community actors and researchers, before, during, and after vaccine deployment programmes?

Projects on these issues must demonstrate a dedicated focus on place and context at local and community levels and indicate how they would incorporate a transatlantic view on the issues and questions.

The research should use the evidence base to develop and articulate what a broader engagement strategy might look like, including with a range of actors and stakeholders on vaccine engagement, including communities that have experienced historical injustices and structural inequalities; policymakers at national and regional levels; businesses including pharmaceutical companies, retailers, and media companies; and social media platforms. SIN USA, BA and SSRC would look to utilise this insight in real-time, convening and supporting the awards to disseminate and share their outputs as the work develops.

Funding body British Academy (BA)
Maximum value £100,000
Reference ID S22637
Category Coronavirus/COVID-19
Arts and Humanities
Economic and Social Research
Fund or call Fund