Health Foundation Launches COVID-19 Research Programme

Health Foundation Launches COVID-19 Research Programme

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas, which align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities and expertise. The Foundation is prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore the following areas:

1. How health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19

Service and pathway changes

Cultural and behavioural changes

Resilience and learning

 2. The impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health

Identifying the unequal impacts of COVID-19 and policy responses to the pandemic on health outcomes and the determinants of health across different groups in society.

Highlighting priority areas for policy action to prevent long-term negative outcomes becoming entrenched, both where these widen existing inequalities and for emergent areas.

Making sure the impacts of COVID-19 are better understood.

Funding is primarily for standalone projects, although the Foundation may consider co-funding projects or providing additional funding for an existing research project to incorporate relevant COVID-19 related work into its programme.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that tangible outputs will be produced at the end of the project that have direct relevance to policy and/or practice, and could inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme is an open award programme available to suitable qualified and experienced research teams based in the UK.

Applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) public/population health, economics, geography, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences are welcome. Applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.

Funding between £100,000 to £200,000 is available per project for a duration of up to 12 months.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with an anticipated closing date of 30 September 2020.

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