UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19

10 August, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

The UKL Medical Research Council has issued a call for proposals, which include the following priority area:

Communication and Public Health during the pandemic

- Design and the effective communication of official health guidance

- Identifying and creating trusted public health information sources

- Communicating a diversity of COVID-19 experiences

'Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since we opened this competition in March 2020 the research and innovation community have responded with some excellent ideas and proposals. Sadly, Covid-19 is still with us, and robust solutions to many problems are still needed. That said, there are some areas that are already well funded, and others where few high-quality proposals have been submitted. For this reason, for this next phase of the call, we will focus on areas that fill gaps in the Covid-19 research and innovation landscape.'

Closing date: 31 Dec 2020 16:00 GMT

This would be suitable for research institutions to take the lead. As always, please consider the possibility of including HIFA as a budget line in your proposal. We can provide multidisciplinary experience and expertise through thematic discussions to explore the issues.

Best wishes, Neil

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