Epidemic Preparedness: Social Science Research Protocols

This scheme supports social science researchers who want to develop new standardised ways to conduct research for epidemic preparedness and response. 

The scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Wellcome. 

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries, Rest of the world

Level of funding:

Up to £2 million is available to fund several awards

Duration of funding:

Up to 2 years

Who can apply

You can apply to this call if you’re a social scientist employed at a higher education organisation or not-for-profit research institution.

You can find out more about eligibility and suitability for this scheme in our call for proposals [PDF 319KB].

Up to £2 million is available to fund several awards.

Awards are expected to last for up to two years.

You can find out more about what we offer in our call for proposals [PDF 319KB].

Stages of application

  1. Contact us

    Contact Joao Rangel de Almeida at j.rangeldealmeida@wellcome.ac.uk to discuss your proposal.

  2. Submit your preliminary application

    Preliminary applications are by invitation only.

  3. Assessment of your preliminary application

    Preliminary applications will be assessed by Wellcome and DFID staff, and possibly by expert peer reviewers. 

  4. Submit your full application

    If your preliminary application is successful, we'll invite you to submit a full application. 

    We’ll also invite you to a workshop co-organised with WHO and UNICEF, to look at the organisations’ epidemic response operations and how your social science research protocols could be implemented.

  5. Assessment of your full application

    Full applications will be assessed by expert peer reviewers, and Wellcome and DFID staff.  

    We aim to give you a funding decision by October 2018.

There are no interviews, but we may ask clarifying questions. In general, we don’t provide specific written feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Dates

This is a one-off scheme. You must submit your application by 17:00 BST on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

  • Preliminary application deadline

    11 June 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Preliminary application decision

    29 June 2018

  • Workshop with WHO and UNICEF

    11 July 2018

  • Full application deadline

    September 2018

  • Decision

    October 2018

Definitions

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

UK
Republic of Ireland
Low- or middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Rest of the world

Key dates

This is a one-off scheme.

  • Preliminary application deadline

    11 June 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Preliminary application decision

    29 June 2018

  • Workshop with WHO and UNICEF

    11 July 2018

  • Full application deadline

    September 2018

  • Decision

    October 2018

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Joao Rangel de Almeida