The Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) invites research proposals that address the social and behavioral implications of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). With no current vaccine available, institutions and governments have addressed the spread of disease through other modes, namely by encouraging or enforcing behavioral prevention strategies such as increased hygiene and social distancing. In many cases, significant measures have been undertaken including state-wide school closures, telecommuting, and changes in restaurant/business operations. While essential to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, these measures — coupled with the anxiety and uncertainty created by the global pandemic — have massive implications for the physical, mental, social, and financial well-being of millions.
To better understand the broader impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds, InCHIP plans to provide several research teams with rapid release funds to capture/analyze time-sensitive data.
Possible areas of study include, but are not limited to:
- Hygiene, Behavior, and Transmission Prevention – How do cognitive, affective, and social-contextual factors influence individuals’ level of adherence to CDC/WHO and state recommendations and guidelines?
- Social Media, Social Networks, and Mass Media – What has influenced the relative uptake of behavioral precautions such as social distancing? How has misinformation about the COVID-19 spread across social networks and what impact does it have on the spread of disease across various demographics? How can social media be used to increase the uptake of behavioral precautions and decrease misinformation?
- Mental Health and Wellbeing – What is the impact of social distancing and quarantine on mental health and substance use? What are the mental health impacts of quarantine and the pandemic on specific populations (e.g. elderly people, children, college students)? What strategies can be used to reduce stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19 (e.g., among college students)?
- Implications for Immunocompromised Populations – How has the pandemic uniquely impacted people living with HIV, heart or lung disease, or diabetes?
- Social Support and Infrastructure – What are the ongoing implications of the pandemic to social support systems, public health infrastructure, and institutions that support individuals living with limited resources (examples: schools/universities, public libraries, Veterans Affairs, homeless shelters, food pantries)?
Research areas not currently funded through this mechanism:
- Vaccine Development
- Viral Pathogenesis
- Natural History of COVID-19
- Immunology or Virology
InCHIP will fund multiple projects with budgets up to $5,000. This funding is intended for costs associated with time sensitive data collection and analysis. Awards of larger amounts will be considered with prior approval of InCHIP Director Amy Gorin (contact directly at email@example.com). Our focus at this time is on supporting the collection of data in the immediate future. Additional funds may become available if longitudinal data collection is justified or study aims need to be expanded over time.
COVID-19 Guidance for the UConn Research Community
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