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Working to understand and address the social implications of COVID-19

Our response

We have awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Our partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic.

The latest on COVID-19

News  |  22 October 2020

People living in local authorities that have invested in social cohesion in the last two years coping better during COVID-19 crisis

Residents are twice as likely to volunteer helping others and had seen an improvement in relationships with family and neighbours during the pandemic if their local authority had received government funding for social cohesion projects or identified it as priority.

Researcher: Professor Dominic Abrams  |  Organisation: University of Kent

News  |  22 October 2020

Grocery prices fall towards pre-pandemic levels following a 2.5% rise at the beginning of lockdown

After month-to-month inflation for groceries of 2.5% in the first month of the nationwide lockdown, grocery prices have declined through the summer. By the first week of August, the price level for groceries was around just 0.5% higher than it was at the beginning of the year.

Researcher: Martin O’Connell  |  Organisation: IFS

News  |  20 October 2020

Nuffield Council on Bioethics responds to announcement of UK human challenge trials

Challenge trials involve deliberately infecting participants with the virus and come with their own unique set of ethical considerations and risks that must be addressed by all those involved in the study – a properly constituted ethics committee, researchers, and funders.

Organisation: Nuffield Council on Bioethics

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COVID-19 projects

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Woman-looks-at-smartphone-screen-How-the-UK-public-gets-information-about-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

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Young-boy-wearing-glasses-watches-laptop-school-lesson-with-notepad-The-effects-COVID-19-on-families-time-use-child-development-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Contemporary fathers in the UK

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We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder and our aim is to support the social science research community to deliver successful projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic are to support our staff, our grant-holders and the young people who participate in our student programmes, as well as to fund research that addresses the wider social significance of the pandemic.

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