Closes 8 April 2020
The Scottish Government is making funding available for research aimed at tackling the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) will manage this resource to fund studies that allow fundamental science being conducted in academic institutions to be applied to issues arising from COVID-19. The research will draw on science and methodologies in Scotland to address specific issues, with the expectation that studies can start immediately on award of funding and will be completed within 3-6 months.
Projects are particularly welcomed in the following key priority areas:
- Improved characterisation and treatment of infection and sequalae, including novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
- Development of new surveillance approaches that can be implemented rapidly
- Novel interventions to help prevent infection, particularly for those providing care
- To support the resilience and mental health of front line health and care staff including those who returned to the NHS or came early from nursing or medical schools into the workforce
- Understanding the longer-term health impacts of social distancing and other behavioural interventions introduced to prevent the spread of infection in the population
Out of remit
- Hypothesis-generating studies
- Studies that cannot be completed within 3-6 months
- Studies that duplicate or overlap with other on-going studies (unless there is a strong rationale for replicating research in the Scottish context)