Covid-19: Current Opportunities to Engage with Policy

With the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, policymakers across the UK are looking for expert knowledge to aide their policy decisions.

If you are a researcher interested in responding to any of the opportunities below, or would like any further guidance, please contact PolicyBristol

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Covid-19 Expert Databases

Do you have expertise in a relevant field of Covid-19 research, response or recovery? Policymakers want research insights to sign up to their databases. Sign up to their databases below.

Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team database is for shared use across central government departments and other relevant public bodies. If you have expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impact and would be interested in providing expert advice to the government, sign up to the database here.

Welsh Parliament

This register of experts will enable Senedd staff quick access to academic researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, with a particular focus on Wales. Find out more  and sign up here.

 

Other Opportunities

Scientists for Labour 

PolicyBristol has been contacted by Scientists for Labour to share an opportunity for researchers to contribute to policy engagement on Covid-19.

They are working to ensure that the Opposition Leadership team have access to scientific and medical experts, to support parliamentary scrutiny of government policy. Find out more and sign up here. 

Greening the post-Covid Recovery (Environmental Audit Committee) This inquiry looks at how to align any post-pandemic economic stimulus package with the UK’s climate and environment goals. Deadline: 14 August 2020

Constitutional implications of Covid-19 (Constitution Committee) The Constitution Committee will consider related matters as part of an umbrella inquiry into the constitutional implications of Covid-19Deadline: 20 August 2020
 
Tax after Coronavirus (Treasury Committee) The Committee will look at what the major long-term pressures on the UK tax system are, what more the UK can do to protect its tax base from globalisation and technological change, and whether such pressures should be met with tax reform. Deadline: 28 August 2020
 
The impact of coronavirus on business and workers (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee) The BEIS Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers. Deadline: 31 August 2020
 
Life beyond COVID (COVID-19 Committee) In its first inquiry, the Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society – what might it mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture? Deadline: 31 August 2020
 
Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care (Health and Social Care Committee) The Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine workforce burnout across the NHS and social care. It will consider increased pressures brought by Covid-19 and the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress. Deadline: 4 September 2020
 
Post-Pandemic Economic Growth super-inquiry (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee) This wide-ranging inquiry will look at the options available to Government to secure our economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19; covering investment, industrial strategy, jobs, skills, exports and sustainable growth. Deadline: 11 September 2020
 
The role of technology, research and innovation in the COVID-19 recovery (Science and Technology Committee) The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, as well as the support that the sector itself requires to recover from the pandemic. Deadline: 11 September 2020
 
Reforming public transport after the pandemic (Transport Committee)  This inquiry will take a holistic look at how public transport is changing and the implications for current government strategies including the Williams Rail Review, bus strategy, walking and cycling, taxis and private hire vehicles. Deadline: 24 September 2020
 
Senedd committee inquiries (Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament) The Welsh Parliament has five committee inquiries that are underway and are encouraging a written response from those with relevant expertise. The inquiries are as follows: 
 
Inquiry into the Impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management on health and social care in Wales (Health, Social Care and Sport Committee) The inquiry will consider the impact of the outbreak, and its management, on health and social care services in Wales.
No Fixed Deadline. 
 
Inquiry into the Impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management on health and social care in Wales (Children, Young People and Education Committee) The inquiry is exploring how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people (including students in further and higher education).
No Fixed Deadline. 
 
Inquiry into Covid-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's remit (Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee) The inquiry will consider the impact of coronavirus, and the response to it, on Local government, housing; equalities; tackling poverty; human rights.
No Fixed Deadline. 
 
Inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on culture, creative industries, heritage, communications and sport(Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Commitee) The inquiry will consider the impact of the outbreak, and its management on sectors under the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee’s remit, including: culture and the creative industries; heritage; national and community media, including community radio; journalism; and, for the purposes of this inquiry, we will also be looking at sport at both grass roots and elite levels.
No Fixed Deadline. 
 
Open call for evidence and experiences (Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee) The inquiry is interested in the effects of the pandemic; measures taken to slow the spread; and support being offered to help people, companies and other organisations through the pandemic . Members are particularly interested in gathering evidence and views looking forward at what needs to be done to help the nation recover.
No Fixed Deadline. 
 
Coronavirus: implications for transport: (Transport committee)The Transport Committee is asking transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they face during the coronavirus outbreak. MPs will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact of coronavirus on UK transport, sector by sector. Deadline: 29 October 2020
 

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