COVID-19: Funding opportunities and calls for social science expertise

Visit the hub of the social science community’s response to COVID-19

Are you a social scientist working on coronavirus-related research? Or do you have expertise about its impacts on health, welfare, employment, education and other key areas of public life? If so, these opportunities for funding and calls for expertise may be of interest.

We strongly encourage Fellows and other social scientists to apply, as it is important to demonstrate social science contributions to understanding and tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and widen expertise on government and other research databases dedicated to this crisis.

ESRC/UKRI: Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

UKRI is inviting proposals for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Funding will be available for 18 months for proposals which meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide-scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Find out more and apply

Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology seeks experts for COVID-19 survey

POST is currently seeking experts to participate in a survey to help inform its work on COVID-19. The survey aims to collect experts’ feedback on what they perceive as the short, medium and long term issues and concerns relating to the pandemic and its impacts. Take the survey

Cabinet Office COVID-19 expert database

The Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team has created a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database and is seeking registration from individuals with expertise relating to COVID-19, or it’s impacts in the fields of health, welfare, employment, education and other key areas. If you are interested in providing expert advice to the government  sign up now.

Regional Studies Association (Academy of Social Sciences Member Learned Society)

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) has launched a special Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry. This will help support global efforts to research and disseminate evidence about how regions, cities and industry are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out how to apply.