[FUNDED] RESPOND: studying mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Under the leadership of Dr. Marit Sijbrandij from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, an international consortium acquired funding to study the effects of the pandemic and associated containment measures on mental health and wellbeing, in particular of vulnerable groups. RESPOND is the single funded project coordinated by a Dutch coordinator in this competitive Horizon2020 coronavirus-2 call. Fundament supported the consortium in drafting a convincing full proposal in the very short timeframe between call opening and deadline.

Infographic RESPOND project - by Sketchuniversity

Funding programme: Horizon2020 coronavirus-2C
Duration: Dec 2020 – Dec 2024
Total budget: 6,2 M€
Consortium: 14 partners in 9 countries
Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Showcase of a successful project

The RESPOND consortium brings together complementary expertise of partners in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. Together, they aim to improve the preparedness of the European mental health care system in the face of the current and future pandemics. The consortium will identify resilience factors and specific vulnerable groups that are at risk for adverse mental health impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated containment measures. As a way to improve resilience, scalable WHO psychological interventions will be implemented through stepped-care programmes.

The researchers also aim to steer future policy decisions by disentangling the effects of COVID-19 containment strategies on mental health and wellbeing across Europe’s different health systems. Evidence will be translated into specific guidance for regional and national authorities on the impacts of containment strategies on mental health, particularly in vulnerable groups. The ultimate goal then is to ensure that mental health is fully considered within health, social, and wider economic responses and recovery plans.

The RESPOND project will start in December 2020 and delivers its first results already within 3 months after the project starts.

What Marit says about our support:

“Despite working under great pressure, it was a very pleasant and fun experience to work with Linde and Neeltje. They stayed calm and organised and kept carefully track of our deadlines. During the process, they provided critical feedback on the content, and were able to think of creative solutions and come up with ideas. Even in last-minute decisions. They are very to-the-point and straightforward to work with. They have good overview of what the funder wants to see in a proposal, and provide concrete advise on the content of the grant and more practical aspects such as the budget. In all, Linde and Neeltje provided excellent work.”

Read more about our support in preparing strong proposals.

Author: Linde van Ittersum

Co-founder and Research Funding Professional at Fundament.

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