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NIHR launches call for longer-term Covid-19 research

Research intends to inform policy and the recovery of social care and public health systems

The National Institute for Health Research has launched a call for longer-term research into the Covid-19 pandemic for projects expected to yield outcomes within two years.

The call, announced on 9 June, focuses on research to inform policy and the recovery of the social care and public health systems from the pandemic.

It follows the current joint UK Research and Innovation and NIHR rolling research call for “urgent” Covid-19-related research, which is expected to have an impact within 12 months.

The NIHR said it welcomes applications involving investigators from a range of specialities and scientific disciplines. Researchers who have previously submitted through the portal for urgent research, whose research does not meet the 12-month criteria, are also encouraged to resubmit under the new call.

“As we keep moving forward in the fight against Covid-19, I am pleased the NIHR can support research in this important area,” said Andrew Farmer, co-chair of the NIHR recovery and learning committee. “As research continues into the acute phase, it is vital that we look forward and start to consider how we can improve things in the future for us all.”