We are very pleased to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Transport Research Fund, which has been established by the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) and the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT) as part of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) response to COVID-19 .
COVID-19 is having a devastating socio-economic impact globally. It has been acutely felt by people in low-income countries (LICs). Transport is at the centre of managing the spread of the pandemic and will be key to ensuring rapid and sustained recovery. A recent Call for Action has highlighted the need for: a) curation of LIC-specific information, b) a common platform for COVID-19 impacts information, and, c) transformative transport agenda for a post-COVID-19 world.
The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Transport Research Fund seeks to support research that addresses COVID-19 and its effects and impacts on the transport sector: national, rural and urban.
The fund will support research that provides:
- innovation and technology that can help manage immediate response and guide recovery
- evidence based thinking (thought pieces) and papers that guide response and/or recovery and policy in a changed transport world
- fast-tracking of knowledge, experience, learning resources and best practice to those who need it in LICs.
We are now inviting Project Concept Notes (PCNs) from prospective grant beneficiaries for their proposed projects. Successful PCN applicants will be requested to submit full proposals for consideration at a later date. A total budget of £1 million has been made available jointly by the ReCAP and HVT programmes for this Challenge Fund. Proposals can range from brief insight papers to full research projects.
The deadline for submission of PCNs is 17:00 (BST), Monday, 8 June 2020. Please submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and HVTprocurement@imcworldwide.com.
Please ensure that your PCN is submitted by no later than this date in order to enable the consideration of your proposed project.
Should you have any questions about the grant application process, please do not hesitate to contact the ReCAP and HVT Programme Management Units (PMUs) on email@example.com and HVTprocurement@imcworldwide.com, respectively.