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Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research
Global Effort on COVID-19 Health Research is a new cross UK government funding call aiming to support applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses.
The call is supported by: the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with input from the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
The Funds form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Support will be available to address the impacts of COVID-19 in LMICs for research which has a direct and primary focus on improving health in LMIC countries. .
Proposals should normally be up to £1m per award. The size of awards will vary according to the needs of each research project, but will need to provide a robust case for value for money.
Applications are particularly encouraged from LMIC Principal Investigators (PIs), as well as PIs based in the UK working in equitable partnerships with LMIC investigators. Applicants must have a relevant academic affiliation to an eligible institution in an LMIC or the UK.
Eligible UK institutions include UK Higher Education Institutions, Research Council institutes, and eligible Independent Research Organisations (IROs).
For researchers based in LMICs, eligible institutions include Higher Education Institutions, research institutions and not-for-profit organisations.
Where the application is submitted by an LMIC organisation, the primary headquarters of that organisation must be in one of the LMIC countries where the research will take place. The institution must be legally registered in an LMIC or the UK and the Principal Investigator must be employed by the institution that is hosting the research.
Please see call specification for full eligibility criteria.
All proposals will need to be able to show how the proposed research could make a significant contribution to understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries within 18 months of the award. Proposals for, up to 18 months duration, are sought on the following topics:
Disease susceptibility and severity
Control and mitigation
IPC and PPE
Public health, media and communication
Health service delivery
Infection prevention and control (IPC)
Personal protection equipment (PPE)
Role of the environment in transmission
Behavioural and cultural influence
Care, access and health systems
Media and Communication
Health and care delivery