Updated Jun 09, 2020

Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre: the impact of COVID-19 on modern slavery

Through this new COVID-19 rapid response funding call, we invite proposals for research that can generate evidence to improve understanding of the effects of the pandemic on behaviours, systems and structures associated with modern slavery. This includes both the effects of the pandemic and the responses to it by governments, businesses and organisations, which can affect people’s vulnerability to exploitation, and the systems underpinning exploitative practices. The projects must be hosted by an eligible institution in the UK, but may look globally in their scope and impact.

Research proposals submitted can aim to address both the effects of and responses to the pandemic, and should have an appropriate balance between identifying problems and proposing actions to address or mitigate those problems.

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Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to $191,132Amount
6 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryUnited Kingdom
Focus AreasInfectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Human Trafficking (Gender)

Other Requirements

Reporting Requirements

The scheme requirements and post award reporting will be as per the Research Funding Guide, unless otherwise stated. Investigators will be required to submit a quarterly summary of spend, and a brief narrative summary of activities and outcomes, to the Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre. The Centre will also engage with award holders, to encourage the translation of their research into policy-ready outputs, such as briefings throughout the duration of the award.


Application Directions

Applications to this call should be submitted through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission - (JE-S) System.


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