Foundation / Corporation
Alliance for Advancing Health Online, Facebook and Merck and Co.
08/06/21 12:00 AM EST
Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, universities, and colleges for research related to social media's impact on public understanding surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. Funding is intended to determine methods of increasing public confidence and comfort in receiving the vaccine.
The Fund is seeking proposals that address this primary research question: How can social media be best utilized to better understand and increase vaccination confidence and uptake?
Applicants, especially from interdisciplinary teams and cross-sectoral partnerships, are highly encouraged to develop truly transformative proposals that address critical research gaps with creative solutions. Applicants are also invited to develop their own ideas that align with the Fund’s primary research question and principles. Research proposals should include the following: a well-defined problem statement that articulates a key research gap and/or specifies a focus population (making it clear why this research is novel and how it will add to the current body of understanding); a proposed research methodology and approach (ideally using interdisciplinary methods); and a measurement framework that outlines clear measures and their intended plans for capturing data. In addition, a dissemination plan, timeline, detailed budget and budget narrative, organizational information, and CVs of key project personnel will also be required.
Understanding how social media* can contribute to vaccine uptake is this Fund’s north star. Recognizing the complexity of this challenge, and that vaccination confidence is the pathway to vaccine uptake, this Fund is interested in pursuing new and transformative approaches to addressing the immediate challenges of increasing vaccination confidence and uptake for COVID-19 as well as routine immunizations. As such, this Fund is intentionally less specific about prescribing research questions or methodological agendas. Exciting and innovative approaches that meet the stated criteria are encouraged instead. Proposals that focus on historically marginalized or excluded communities globally are strongly supported.
*The Fund’s definition of social media is meant to be broad and inclusive. The Fund's social media definition includes: traditional social media, (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, SnapChat); search engines (e.g., Google, Bing, etc.) and other online platforms that gather user data and micro-target users; and online chatbots. This Fund recognizes that social network data analyses and other big data analytical techniques may also be leveraged as analytical methods in prospective research proposals.
This Fund is interested in proposals which can articulate findings that have either immediate or potential impact on the way vaccination confidence or uptake in communities is understood. However, this Fund is also acutely aware of the ambitious timeline and appreciates that critical data (e.g., data from vaccination centers/health clinics) needed particularly for assessing impact likely will not be publically available during the actual research implementation. As such, where impact data may not be available, this Fund is open to other ways of capturing interim results or measurements (e.g., self-reported data) and particularly welcomes new ideas on how to tackle this issue.
For illustrative research examples, see https://vaccineconfidencefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VCF-RFP-Final-6.21.2021.pdf#page=4
Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate how the Fund’s core principles, as articulated below, will be incorporated into research plans:
For additional information on these principles, see: https://vaccineconfidencefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VCF-RFP-Final-6.21.2021.pdf#page=5
For information on overheat costs, see FAQs, in Pre-Application Information, below.
GrantWatch ID#: 197600
- Award amounts will range between $100,000 and $250,000. Please note this Fund is willing to consider proposals up to $400,000 provided there is strong justification for why additional funding is needed.
- The funds will be disbursed in two tranches: (1) upon execution of the Grant Agreement by the parties and (2) following the submission of required reports and information to the Fund manager.
The implementation timeline for projects is short from June 30, 2021 (as the earliest potential start date) to January 31, 2022 (as the latest potential end date).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please email VCFinfo@charity.org for more information.
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