Proposals should focus on lessons learnt: they should i) address how to mitigate social and economic impacts of the outbreak response related to health systems; ii) identify non-intended consequences of epidemic-control decisions; and iii) provide answers to social, including gendered, dynamics of the outbreak and the related public health response. Proposals should analyse the effects and efficiency of these responses (including resilience factors), democratic governance, multi-level cooperation, the critical gaps and the various exit strategies, their underlying methodologies and regional adaptations. Proposals are expected to develop guidelines and best ‘next practices’, and implement interventions to mitigate impacts and boost wellbeing.
In particular, in their proposals the applicants are encouraged to integrate multiple medical, social sciences and humanities disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, implementation science, journalism & communication, economics and political sciences, as well as gender studies and intersectional research to address the following inter-related dimensions:
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 4 and 10 million would allow this specific topic to be addressed appropriately. Of note, a proposal requesting the maximum envisioned contribution must be able to deliver on all the dimensions mentioned above, to include partners from a wide range of disciplines and to deliver results that are representative of the whole EU27 and associated countries. Moreover, in case there is more than one funded project, cooperation, communication, collaboration and coordination across research groups will be strongly encouraged.Expected Impact: