Virtual dialogue: What have we learned from funding COVID-19 research across the globe?

Virtual dialogue: What have we learned from funding COVID-19 research across the globe?

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual event, co-hosted by the UK Collaborative for Development Research (UKCDR) and Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R) ‘What have we learned from funding research in low- and middle-income countries during COVID-19?’  on 2nd November 2021.

This dialogue will facilitate discussion on what global funders have learnt from funding COVID-19 research, with a specific focus on low-and middle-income countries. These lessons provide an opportunity to inform future funding and research practice in epidemics and pandemics.

This event is targeted at global funders and researchers of COVID-19 with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, and will:

  • Introduce findings from the soon to be published ‘Funding and undertaking research during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID CIRCLE lessons for funders’ Report
  • Provide an opportunity for funders to reflect and discuss how to improve funding research and build partnerships for future pandemics and epidemics
  • Present case studies to showcase and evidence where innovative partnerships and funding calls have had a positive impact during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Introduction: Alice Norton, Research Lead, GloPID-R
  • Keynote speech: Marie Staunton, Chair of Strategic Coherence for ODA Research (SCOR) Board
  • Presentation: COVID CIRCLE report– Key lessons from the first year of the research response to COVID-19
  • Panel discussion with global funders of COVID-19 research. Topic: ‘What have we learned from funding epidemic and pandemic research in low- and middle-income countries during COVID-19?
  • Presentations: Case studies demonstrating innovative best practice for research in epidemics and pandemics
  • Audience Q&A
  • Closing speech: Charu Kaushic, Scientific Director, CIHR-III; GloPID-R Chair

Registration and links:

If you have any questions, please contact Tolu Mohammed, UKCDR (

We hope that you can join us on the day to be part of the exciting and thought-provoking conversation.

About UKCDR and GloPID-R

In 2020, UKCDR and GloPID-R, in partnership, formed COVID CIRCLE which harnesses current UKCDR and GloPID-R activities including continual mapping and analysis of global Covid-19 funding through our COVID Tracker. Covid Circle coordinates funding efforts, connect networks of researchers and collates learnings to inform future epidemic and pandemic responses with a focus on lower–resource settings.

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