COVID-19 Research Programme Our new research programme seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas.

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • This programme seeks to understand the impact of the pandemic in two distinct areas: service change in the health and social care system and health inequalities. 
  • We are funding 10 projects, with each team receiving between £100,000 and £200,000 for projects that will run for up to 12 months.

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas. This programme aligns with our strategic priorities and complements the existing research funding landscape.  

We’re prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:  

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19 
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.  

Each team will receive between £100,000 and £200,000 for projects that will run for up to 12 months (including set-up time).   

The projects are all based around highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice, and are run by multidisciplinary teams that combine expertise from a broad range of disciplines. They will each involve patients, the public and/or people with lived experiences.

We want the findings of this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore the projects

Understanding and learning from the impact of changes in colorectal cancer care delivery in light of COVID-19 and their interplay with socioeconomic inequalities

Research project

Research to help understand the impact of changes in health service delivery on cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: a microsimulation model

Research project

Research to assess the potential impact of economic and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on mental health and mental health inequalities, including who is impacted the most and what the likely con...

Reshaping secondary care consultations after COVID-19: the role of asynchronous consultation methods

Research project

A research project exploring the roll out of ‘asynchronous’ consultations at scale in NHS Grampian, to provide practical learning for future use across the NHS.

The impact of COVID-19 on service provision and maternal and neonatal outcomes, through the lens of inequalities

Research project

Research into whether changes in how maternity care has been delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic have widened or narrowed existing inequalities.

Sustaining community-led action in recovery: learning lessons from the community response to COVID-19 in Wales

Research project

Research project to understand the role of community-led action as a protective factor against widening health inequalities during, and in recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does place matter? An examination of geographical inequalities in COVID-19 in England

Research project

Research into what the geographical and social inequalities are in COVID-19 cases and deaths in England, and which individual and place-based factors explain these inequalities.

Prioritising patients for emergency surgery or not: the impact of COVID-19 (ESORT-C19)

Research project

Research on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of emergency surgery versus conservative management, to inform decision-making during the COVID-19 recovery period.

Adult social care and safeguarding during COVID-19: a large-scale mixed methods study

Research project

Research into the impact of COVID-19 on legal obligations within adult social care and safeguarding across England and Wales, to provide an understanding of how the pandemic has affected adults with c...

The Born in Bradford (BiB) COVID-19 research study

Research project

This project aims to better understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, wellbeing and economic security of ethnically diverse families, both in the short and long term.

Ethnic inequalities in mortality and service use in people with mental disorders and multi-morbidities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research project

A project to explore whether COVID-19 has exacerbated ethnic health inequalities in adults with mental health disorders and physical health multi-morbidities.

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