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Deadline: May 19, 2020 16:30 (GMT-0700)| Apply here
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Eligibility: Researchers based in British Columbia, Canada, and affiliated with an eligible BC host institution that has a signed memorandum of understanding with MSFHR to administer award funds.

MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund & First Call For Proposals 2020

The MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund is accepting applications with the first of several funding calls for BC researchers.

The first call has been developed in the context of the current setting of a large number of rapidly deployed, global and national research funds covering the full array of pandemic research.

This first call will focus on high-quality research that evaluates BC’s response to the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and informs ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission.

Research Fund Overview

Researchers or research teams interested in applying to this first call should have projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Rapid evaluation and/or modelling of public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to support decisions around when to withdraw these measures or redeploy them at a future date.
  • BC population-specific epidemiologic support for decision-makers including the identification of strategies to prevent high burdens of illness among key/vulnerable groups (e.g., residents of long-term care facilities, inner city populations, Indigenous people, health care workers, etc.).
  • Human geographic considerations in BC including rurality, community, culture and population movement with a view to preventing transmission and mitigating effects.
  • The identification and mitigation of the impacts of the pandemic and pandemic response including the secondary effects on the health of the population of BC.
  • The impacts of rapid health service redesign and redeployment on health outcomes in BC.

Successful projects will build on BC-specific capacities and strengths, draw on available expertise and resources and include cross-institution collaborations where appropriate. Projects should have results available in time to help inform public health responses through the fall and winter of 2020/21.

The Award

The MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund – Funding Call #1 will provide award amounts of up to $150,000, for a maximum duration of 12 months. Extraordinary requests above $150,000 will be considered but will require additional justification to exceed the limit.

Interested in applying for the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund & First Call For Proposals 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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