COVID-19 Recovery Call to Build Future Pandemic Preparedness and Understanding of Citizen Engagement in the G7

New funding call available to facilitate global and interconnected learning about the contexts, causes and factors leading to vaccine engagement by supporting research within each country of the G7.

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, this programme provides UK and G7-based researchers within the humanities and social sciences, to submit proposals focused on vaccine engagement, including examples of community confidence and hesitancy in Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany and France.

Projects can and should build on existing or ongoing research, but should ultimately allow the British Academy to establish an evidence base that can be used to answer the questions:

  • 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 programs?

The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities or social sciences and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. The lead applicant must be of postdoctoral status or above (or have equivalent research experience) and the PI’s position must last at least the duration of the grant funded by the Academy.

Awards of five months in duration and up to £100,000 (with Full Economic Costing at 80%) are available.

Awards will run until March 2022.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline 6 October 2021 (17:00 UK time).

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)