New website for COVID-19 researchers

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A new website has launched to help academics share information about their COVID-19 research. The COVID CIRCLE Researcher Coordination Platform brings together researchers working on COVID-19 to help people in low- and middle-income countries.

Key features of the website include:

  • COVID-19 research projects tracker
  • COVID-19 research reports, papers, guidance and tools
  • Webinars collected from key organisations
  • A map of global and regional networks relevant to epidemics research
  • COVID-19 events from around the world: webinars, workshops and more.

The website is part of a partnership between the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R). The partnership is called COVID CIRCLE. They aim to support coherence between research funders and networks of researchers.

The COVID CIRCLE partnership has four elements.

Principles and research priorities – aligning research funders towards a coordinated effort for supporting high-quality research for the most pressing global needs in epidemics and pandemics. Supporting researchers to meet the funder requirements outlined in the principles.

Mapping and analysis – a COVID-19 research tracker is a live database with thousands of funded research projects across the world related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Projects are mapped against the priorities identified in the World Health Organization Coordinated Global Research Roadmap: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Researcher Coordination – supporting researchers to connect and collaborate. Facilitating access to relevant resources, guidance, news and events, and engagement with broader networks to maximise the impact of research on COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.

Learning – learning from the research response across funders and researchers and understanding how to overcome barriers to researchers undertaking effective research in epidemics.

Researchers are encouraged to contribute and share resources with colleagues. This will make it more beneficial to the global research community. To post an event, research funding data, funding calls or resources, email [email protected]

Visit the COVID CIRCLE Researcher Coordination Platform