Pre-announcement: recovery, renewal and resilience in a post-pandemic world

Opportunity status: Upcoming

Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Co-funders: 13 other funders from 11 countries across Europe, the Americas and Africa

Funding type: Grant

Publication date: 17 March 2021

Opening date: 12 April 2021

Closing date: 12 July 2021 16:00 UK time

Last updated: 17 March 2021

Apply for funding to investigate how COVID-19 will affect society in the medium and long term.

Your proposal must address key gaps in our understanding to help:

  • reduce the pandemic’s effect on society
  • support recovery and renewal.

You must apply as part of a transnational partnership of at least three members.

ESRC is providing this opportunity as part of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). Your partners must be from other countries taking part in this funding opportunity.

The UK part of the proposal must be within ESRC’s or AHRC’s remit.

Your project can be between two and three years long.

We will fund UK partners at 80% of the full economic cost.Close allsections

Who can apply

Proposals may only be submitted by research organisations who are eligible to apply to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Check if you are eligible.

The UK component of proposals needs to be within the remit of the ESRC.

Check ESRC research areas (ESRC).

What we’re looking for

This opportunity aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium and long-term societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world.

Applicants are required to submit novel interdisciplinary and significant social sciences and humanities (SSH) research proposals that address one or more of the following five challenges:

  • reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities
  • building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society
  • fostering democratic governance and political participation
  • advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation
  • ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.

The RRR call supports humanities or social sciences interdisciplinary research focused on the challenges described above.

Proposals may emphasise, among other things:

  • historical, theoretical developments
  • cross-national and cross-regional comparisons
  • meta-analyses
  • qualitative and quantitative longitudinal or cross-sectional surveys
  • case studies
  • randomised-controlled studies
  • cultural analysis
  • audience insights
  • discourse analysis
  • experimental development
  • prototyping
  • simulation models.

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Additional info

T-AP for social sciences and humanities

The T-AP for SSH is an unprecedented collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe.

T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organisations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration.

T-AP works to identify common challenges and promote a culture of collaboration in SSH research by offering joint research calls in areas of strong potential for international collaboration.

The platform facilitates the formation of networks within the SSH and promotes interdisciplinarity. T-AP also strives to heighten awareness of the role the SSH play in addressing 21st century challenges.

Find out more about T-AP (T-AP website).

Participating funding agencies

These agencies are taking part:

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