COVID-19 Research Response Fund

The COVID-19 Research Response funding call was developed in the context of a large number of rapidly deployed, global and national research funds covering the full array of pandemic research. It focused on high-quality research to evaluate BC’s response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and inform ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission.

Each successful project addresses one or more of the following research focus areas:

  1. Rapid evaluation and/or modelling of public health countermeasures to support the timing of levels of their withdrawn and potential future redeployments in BC.
  2. BC population-specific epidemiologic support for decision-makers, including the identification of strategies to prevent high burdens of illness among key/vulnerable groups (e.g. residents of long-term care facilities, inner city populations, Indigenous people, health-care workers, etc).
  3. Human geographic considerations in BC, including rurality, community, culture and population movement, with a view to prevent transmission and mitigating effects.
  4. The identification and mitigation of the impacts of the pandemic and pandemic response, including the secondary effects on the health of the population of BC.
  5. The impacts of rapid health service redesign and redeployment on health outcomes in BC.

 

Recipients

Host Institution

University of British Columbia

Project title

Measuring the Impact of Physical Distancing Measures and Creating Paths for Monitoring during the Relaxation Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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University of British Columbia

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Evaluation of rapid redesign and resource deployment in Long-Term Care during COVID-19

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University of British Columbia

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Study of early Health Outcomes in Neonates Exposed to COVID-19 in British Columbia (SHiNE-BC)

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University of British Columbia

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Risk and outcomes of COVID-19 patients exposed to immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory agents in British Columbia. A population-based study.

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Host Institution

University of British Columbia

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Respiratory outcomes following COVID-19 infection in British Columbia: A prospective patient registry

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BC Cancer

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Diagnosis and Outcomes in British Columbia (BC)

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University of British Columbia

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COVID-19 in children and young adults in BC – evaluation of public health measures and epidemiologic support for decision-makers

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University of British Columbia

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All-cause and cause-specific mortality and acute morbidity attributable to COVID-19 and medical history associated with severe COVID-19 infection in BC.

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Simon Fraser University

Project title

A Spatial Approach to Exploring Vulnerability in the Context of COVID-19 in British Columbia

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Host Institution

University of British Columbia

Project title

Real time phylodynamic monitoring of COVID-19

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University of British Columbia

Project title

Quantitative Isotype Profiling And Dynamics Of SARS-CoV-2 Infections: Next-Generation Serology

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Simon Fraser University

Project title

Real-time Combined Genomic and Epidemiological Monitoring of COVID-19 in British Columbia

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Thompson Rivers University

Project title

Mapping Social Epidemiology of British Columbia: COVID19 Pandemic and Psycho Social and Occupational Well-being of Frontline Health-care Workers in BC

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Simon Fraser University

Project title

Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 Among Im/migrants in British Columbia: Rapid Mixed-Methods Data to Inform Policy and Programmes.

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Host Institution

University of Victoria

Project title

Managing the Risks of Future BC COVID-19 Outbreaks Using Mathematical and Statistical Modelling.

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Host Institution

University of British Columbia

Project title

The Cedar Project: Preparing for Culturally-Safe, Trauma Informed COVID-19 Response Among Urban Indigenous People Who Use Drugs in BC

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Host Institution

University of British Columbia

Project title

Population-based Study of Coronavirus Antibody Cross-Reactivity to Inform SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Surveys, Severity Profiles, and Vaccine Strategies

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Host Institution

Simon Fraser University

Project title

“Blind Spots”: People in Prison and Precarious Housing During COVID-19

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Vancouver Coastal Health

Project title

Informing the COVID-19 Response for Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Population Using Community-driven Methods and Big Data Analytics

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Host Institution

University of British Columbia

Project title

Accelerating SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Surveys through Dried Blood Spots (ASSESS-DBS)

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Read more about the work of our COVID-19 Research Response Fund award recipients:

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COVID-19 research journeys: Outcomes and impacts one year later

June 15, 2021

We caught up with five of the COVID-19 Research Response Fund award recipients to gain insight on where their research programs are at, one year later.

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Precarious housing, prisons, and our COVID-19 vulnerabilities

January 27, 2021

With an MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund award, Dr. Julian Somers is investigating practices to support some of BC’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic.

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Mapping the Social Epidemiology of front-line health-care workers

January 7, 2021

With MSFHR funding, Dr. Bala Nikku and his team are mapping the experiences of health-care workers in home-care and long-term care facilities across British Columbia during the pandemic.

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Partnering with COVID-19 patients to track future health

December 1, 2020

Launched by Dr. Chris Carlsten, a new patient registry will track the health of every person who recovered from COVID-19, discharged from the major hospitals in Vancouver, and agreed to participate in the registry.

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Charting the COVID-19 experience for young people who use drugs

November 12, 2020

Led by Dr. Patricia Spittal, her team of Indigenous and allied researchers focus on how Indigenous people have been impacted by the pandemic, concentrating on a cohort of 800 young people who use drugs in Vancouver and Prince George.

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Searching for COVID-19 antibodies in children

October 13, 2020

British Columbian researcher Dr. Manish Sadarangani hopes to provide further clues to this question in coming months with funding from the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund.

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MSFHR and Victoria Hospitals Foundation partner on funding research to detect future COVID-19 outbreaks on Vancouver Island

August 13, 2020

Dr. Laura Cowen, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria, is leading a team in developing a model that estimates rates of unreported COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island and forecasts the likelihood of transmission in high-risk groups, like the elderly and people experiencing homelessness.

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MSFHR funds COVID-19 research to mitigate effects on BC’s vulnerable populations

June 29, 2020

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on newcomers to BC, urban Indigenous people, frontline health-care workers, and those in prisons or precarious housing is the focus of many of the funded researchers from the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund, announced today. Other research teams will investigate testing the body’s response to COVID-19, detecting future waves of […]

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BC research teams undertaking critical COVID-19 research

June 8, 2020

How has COVID-19 affected long-term care delivery in BC? What do COVID-19 mutations mean in a pandemic response? Are physical distancing measures effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? These are some of the questions the first 10 MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund teams are tackling to further BC’s understanding and response to the COVID-19 […]

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BC’s COVID-19 “infodemic” tackled by MSFHR-funded research project

May 28, 2020

Stress levels, youth mental health and stigma toward racialized British Columbians are just some of the topics covered by a COVID-19 rapid response research project funded by MSFHR.

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MSFHR launches COVID-19 research response fund & first call for proposals

April 6, 2020

The MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund, with $2 million in funding support from the BC government, will focus on high-quality research that evaluates BC’s response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and informs ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission.