The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a second call for research proposals on helping and supporting people with Long Covid.
The call will fund up to £20 million of research on treatments, healthcare services and diagnostics for adults and children with Long COVID who have not been unwell enough to be admitted to hospital.
The new funding call will seek to fund research on four areas of Long COVID treatment and management:
- Pharmaceutical treatments, including the effectiveness of drugs already being used as treatments, and non-pharmaceutical therapies.
- Treatment pathways and service management approaches, including healthcare, community and social care services.
- Diagnostics, including what tests are appropriate.
- Other topics to help and support individuals with Long COVID.
The call will fund research projects designed to deliver rapid tangible outcomes. The projects can be up to two years in length, but shorter proposals are encouraged, and will be expected to start in June or July 2021.
The funding call has two deadlines: the first on 22 April 2021 for proposals on therapies and interventions and on management and evaluation of services, and the second on 12 May 2021 for proposals on diagnostics plus other topics. Researchers will be required to submit an expression of interest form ahead of submitting a full application for each of these deadlines.”