Research for Pandemic Recovery – NFRF Special Call

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The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) has announced a special call for proposals.

Amount: $250,000 per year for 2 years (including 25% indirect costs)

Deadlines: The competition has 2 stages (Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) and Full Application)
Western Research NOI: April 19, 2022 (ROLA required)
NFRF NOI (MANDATORY): April 26, 2022
Faculty Research Office: 1 week prior to NFRF deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least two weeks – contact Karen Kueneman)
Western Research: 1 week prior to NFRF deadline (TBC – ROLA required)
NFRF: August 9, 2022 (results January 2023)

Description: The goal of this Special Call is to mobilize Canadian-led research efforts in support of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient postpandemic reality. It will support a diverse portfolio of projects that directly address one or more of the research priorities outlined in the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery which encourages “targeted research for data-driven responses that focus particularly on the needs of people being left behind.” The Roadmap is built on the premise that innovative and interdisciplinary solutions are needed to account for the interdependence of people and recovery efforts. (Each pillar below has several research priorities.)

  • Pillar 1: Health Systems and Services
  • Pillar 2: Social Protection and Basic Services
  • Pillar 3: Economic Response and Recovery Programs
  • Pillar 4: Macroeconomic Policies and Multilateral Collaboration
  • Pillar 5: Social Cohesion and Community Resilience

Eligibility: Applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western. To reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the projects, proposals must be submitted by research teams composed of at least two individuals. In addition to a nominated principal investigator (NPI), the team must include either a co-principal investigator (co-PI) or a co-applicant. Teams may include any number of co-PIs, co-applicants and/or collaborators. All project teams must include at least one expert in social, economic, or socio-economic research and/or implementation science among the principal investigators (NPI or co-PI) to reflect the socio-economic framework and goals of the UN Roadmap.Given the global focus of the Roadmap and the need to ensure that all countries are considered in the pandemic recovery, research teams are expected to include international members.

NOTE (Subject matter): These Special Call grants support projects that directly address one or more of the research priorities outlined in the UN Roadmap. Projects are required to be interdisciplinary. To be considered interdisciplinary, a proposed research project must combine elements from at least two different disciplines. All projects are expected to have demonstrable results/impact by the end of the grant period.

More information and applications… Applications must be submitted through the Convergence Portal and are forwarded by Western Research. Applications must be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

Webinar: March 1, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (ET) Join… (Webinar will be recorded and the presentations made available following the sessions.)

Please contact Karen Kueneman if you intend to apply.