The British Academy is seeking applications for Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons to Learn from COVID-19 across the G7 programmes aims to identify lessesons learned and lessons to learn from the experience withn G7 countries of preparing for, adapting and responding to COVID-19 for future pandemic preparedness.
- COVID-19 is the most challenging health crisis they have faced for decades. The impacts of the pandemic are changing lives and livelihoods, cultures, communities, societies and economies. Evidence from the social sciences and humanities is critical to ensuring that their preparedness for future pandemics is placed on the strongest possible footing, however, with attention starting to move elsewhere it is essential that the lessons learnt from COVID-19 are not lost.
- They see these studies drawing on experience across G7 countries, but where necessary to enable deeper analysis, focussing specifically on a subset of countries around particular topics/policy areas. They aim for the studies to draw out lessons that have been learned and identify areas where further reflection and analysis is needed in order to ensure future resilience. They would expect that across the G7 there will be differentiated experience(s) and they would expect that lessons across these different contexts can be compared and contrasted through the studies, demonstrating best practice and where there are remaining gaps in how countries across the G7 are prepared for the next pandemic.
- Awards of up to £100,000 and up to 18 months in duration are available, starting in March 2023.
- Funding may be used to support:
- Each project will be led by a named Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be a researcher in a discipline within the social sciences or the humanities. The PI is expected to direct the research and the management of the project and has responsibility for the overall project reporting requirements.
- The PI must be of postdoctoral or status (or have equivalent research experience). The PI must hold an established role in an eligible UK university or research institute. The PI’s position must last at least the duration of the grant funded by the Academy.
- PIs may not hold more than one British Academy award of a comparable nature at any one time.
- An individual cannot be the PI on more than one bid under this call.
- The PI will be expected to commit time to the project during the course of the award equivalent to at least four hours per week.
- Duplicate applications for the same purpose to more than one British Academy funding programme will not be accepted.
- Collaboration between researchers in different disciplines and/or institutions where appropriate is encouraged given the nature of this programme, and applications must include at least one named Co-Applicant who will be actively assisting in the direction and management of at least parts of the project. Co-Applicants may be expected to be in a position to take over the leadership of the project in the event that the PI is unable to continue in the role.
- They expect to see Co-Applicants based in both the UK and elsewhere in the G7.
- No individual may be a Co-Applicant on more than two projects under this call (nor may a PI be additionally a Co-Applicant on more than one other project).
- Projects may also include any number of specified ‘Other Participants’, who may, for example, be relevant stakeholders participating in networking or dissemination events, academic or policy advisers, practitioners, industry representatives, etc.
- All eligible proposals submitted in response to this call will be assessed by Academy peer reviewers.
- Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The expertise of the applicants in the subject area and their experience in conducting studies using similar research methodologies;
- The feasibility of the proposal in terms of appropriate and robust methodology;
- The demonstrated commitment and ability to meet the deliverables and deadlines outlined;
- The demonstrated ability to include a comparative perspective across all of the G7 and the strength of the proposed research partnership;
- Value for money.
Application and assessment procedure
- All applicants must register in the British Academy’s online Flexi-Grant system to enable the processing and assessment of their application. All applications must be submitted in English.
- All applications will be subject to an eligibility check undertaken by appropriate British Academy staff before being put forward for assessment, and applications that are not completed correctly and on time will not be considered.
For more information, visit Pandemic Preparedness.