Thursday, 23 April, 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) together with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have launched a highlight notice as part of the organisations’ Rapid Response Rolling Call to COVID-19. The highlight notice invites proposals to investigate evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes.
There is a need to conduct research to increase understanding of potential differences in risk for ethnic groups, which groups are at greatest risk of a range of adverse outcomes, and, based on that understanding, what can be done about this to reduce morbidity and mortality. This call is in addition, and designed to complement, existing work already being done by academic groups and Public Health England.
Research proposals are invited for the following two areas:
Research could include:
Research on the impact of COVID-19 on people from BAME backgrounds in the health and social care workforce may also include:
In all cases, engagement and involvement in research of patients, service users, carers and the public are vital. Research needs to be timely, and reporting milestones should enable the enaction of evidence-informed policy to mitigate poor outcomes among groups in the short-term.
This highlight notice will be supported through the joint UKRI-NIHR COVID-19 rapid response initiative rolling call. To enable simultaneous consideration of as many relevant applications as possible, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted by 11 May 2020 (9:00).
The aim is to notify applicants by early June. Applications relevant to this highlight will still be eligible for submission after this, but will be assessed in relation to those already funded.
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