APH Global Health Program Innovation Fund 2020 ‐‐ Covid‐19

APH Global Health Program Innovation Fund 2020 for APH Global Health researchers

The Covid‐19 pandemic is having tremendous impact on health and health systems worldwide. In Europe and North America rapidly increasing numbers of hospital admissions and deaths are putting large pressure on the health system. In most low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMIC) numbers of reported cases tend to be lower but may be underestimated due to weaker surveillance systems. Epidemic preparedness is often weak, with already overburdened health facilities and options for prevention limited by poverty. Moreover, many LMIC have responded early with travel restrictions and lockdowns of which the implications for health, access to care and health care utilization are yet unknown. At the same time, little is known about the expected course of the Covid‐19 epidemic in these settings, which may be affected by different age distributions, comorbidity patterns and background immunity. This makes it difficult to predict which interventions will likely be effective.

In view of this major global health crisis, the Global Health program within the Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH) reserves the voucher of € 50,000 that it can claim once every four years for a call for grant proposals for research related to Covid‐19. There already are, and will be, various funding sources for research on Covid‐19 focusing on The Netherlands and Europe. Therefore, this call will focus on research in low‐ and middle‐income countries.

The grant has to be spent before 31 March 2021 on a single collaborative project executed by APHGH researchers from 'both sides of the Amstel’, with reasonable balance between AMC/AIGHD and VUmc/VU. The project should be innovative, but can take any form and may include besides research (using any type of research methods), organization of (international) meetings, write shops, stakeholder consultations, etc. as long as it initiates a new area of joint research and lays the basis for a joint application for large research funding. Because of the urgent nature of the problem we will prioritize applications for projects that can start and yield results quickly. Proposals will be reviewed externally. Amount available:

Proposals will be reviewed externally.

Amount available: 50,000 Euro. We expect to fund one single collaborative proposal or a maximum of two smaller collaborative proposals.

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