The COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Program: Leveraging AI and data science to improve responses to COVID and future pandemics in Low and Middle-Income countries
Opens 2020 Jun 7 08:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline 2020 Jul 5 11:59 PM (EDT)
Description

About this Call

The COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Program supported by IDRC and Sida aims to support multi-disciplinary research to deepen our understanding of how to develop and scale responsible (inclusive, rights-based, ethical and sustainable), evidence-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science approaches that support response and recovery COVID-19 in Low and Middle Income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the program will aim to support research that is linked to government responses in the following areas: Forecasting transmissions and reducing spread through policy and public health interventions; Mobilizing AI and data science to understand and support gender-inclusive COVID action; Optimizing public health system responses for patient diagnosis, care and management; Building trust and combatting mis- and dis-information around COVID-19; Strengthening data systems and information sharing about COVID-19; Supporting transparent and responsible AI, data and digital rights governance around COVID-19 and pandemic responses.

Objectives of this call:

  • Support multi-disciplinary research on how to develop and scale responsible and evidence-based AI and data science approaches that support COVID-19 response and recovery in developing countries, and to ensure that those responses are gender responsive and are culturally appropriate, community specific and based on local needs and contexts;
  • Inform policies, both organizationally and nationally, that support and build trust in AI and data science responses to epidemics and that mitigate potential harms;
  • Strengthen the capacity of health systems in developing countries to respond to epidemics through the use of AI and data science techniques.

How to Apply and Timelines

  • All applications must be submitted by June 28 2020 at 11:59pm ETD through this website. Proposals received after the submission deadline will not be considered. 
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that due to technical complications with the Survey Monkey Portal, and requests from many of you, we have extended the submission deadline to July 5th 11:59 PM EST.
    • The research proposal template is in the system. You may download the template questions here (for reference only).
      •  You may open a session and complete tasks without being obliged to submit your application in the same session. Until you hit the final “Submit” button, you may always return to your application to edit or add content.
    • Read the call document for additional background, eligibility, terms and conditions, and more;
    • If applying as a consortium, the lead applicant can add collaborators to the site to assist in the drafting of the proposal;
    • To complete an online application, select ‘Apply’. In case of the proposals involving multiple organizations, the lead organization should submit a single application on behalf of those involved.
  • Acknowledgements of receipt will be sent to all applicants whose application was received before the closing date and time.
  • Applications can be submitted in either English or French. Spanish-language proposals will be considered in specific circumstances; please email us at covidresponse@idrc.ca if you would like to propose this.
  • For full details and instructions on how to apply to the call, please refer to the call for proposals document.
  • For more information, we hosted a video AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program on June 17, 2020.  If you would like to view a recording of the Ask Me Anything Webinar it can be accessed here: https://idrc.webex.com/idrc/lsr.php?RCID=3c406f61057b49e3ab86fa2d86673b5b
    The password for viewing is: CovidResponse2020

About the International Development Research Centre 

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation, funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale. IDRC supports local organisations in the Global South to generate the evidence that is relevant in their context. We provide financial resources, advice, and training to researchers in developing countries to help them find solutions to local problems, and encourage knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities. 

About the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency 

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. We strive to reduce world poverty by allocating resources and knowledge with the goal of making a difference for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. To achieve this, we collaborate with actors from civil society and universities as well as the public and private sector. Sida’s activities are funded through Swedish tax revenue.

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The COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Program: Leveraging AI and data science to improve responses to COVID and future pandemics in Low and Middle-Income countries


About this Call

The COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Program supported by IDRC and Sida aims to support multi-disciplinary research to deepen our understanding of how to develop and scale responsible (inclusive, rights-based, ethical and sustainable), evidence-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science approaches that support response and recovery COVID-19 in Low and Middle Income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the program will aim to support research that is linked to government responses in the following areas: Forecasting transmissions and reducing spread through policy and public health interventions; Mobilizing AI and data science to understand and support gender-inclusive COVID action; Optimizing public health system responses for patient diagnosis, care and management; Building trust and combatting mis- and dis-information around COVID-19; Strengthening data systems and information sharing about COVID-19; Supporting transparent and responsible AI, data and digital rights governance around COVID-19 and pandemic responses.

Objectives of this call:

  • Support multi-disciplinary research on how to develop and scale responsible and evidence-based AI and data science approaches that support COVID-19 response and recovery in developing countries, and to ensure that those responses are gender responsive and are culturally appropriate, community specific and based on local needs and contexts;
  • Inform policies, both organizationally and nationally, that support and build trust in AI and data science responses to epidemics and that mitigate potential harms;
  • Strengthen the capacity of health systems in developing countries to respond to epidemics through the use of AI and data science techniques.

How to Apply and Timelines

  • All applications must be submitted by June 28 2020 at 11:59pm ETD through this website. Proposals received after the submission deadline will not be considered. 
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that due to technical complications with the Survey Monkey Portal, and requests from many of you, we have extended the submission deadline to July 5th 11:59 PM EST.
    • The research proposal template is in the system. You may download the template questions here (for reference only).
      •  You may open a session and complete tasks without being obliged to submit your application in the same session. Until you hit the final “Submit” button, you may always return to your application to edit or add content.
    • Read the call document for additional background, eligibility, terms and conditions, and more;
    • If applying as a consortium, the lead applicant can add collaborators to the site to assist in the drafting of the proposal;
    • To complete an online application, select ‘Apply’. In case of the proposals involving multiple organizations, the lead organization should submit a single application on behalf of those involved.
  • Acknowledgements of receipt will be sent to all applicants whose application was received before the closing date and time.
  • Applications can be submitted in either English or French. Spanish-language proposals will be considered in specific circumstances; please email us at covidresponse@idrc.ca if you would like to propose this.
  • For full details and instructions on how to apply to the call, please refer to the call for proposals document.
  • For more information, we hosted a video AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program on June 17, 2020.  If you would like to view a recording of the Ask Me Anything Webinar it can be accessed here: https://idrc.webex.com/idrc/lsr.php?RCID=3c406f61057b49e3ab86fa2d86673b5b
    The password for viewing is: CovidResponse2020

About the International Development Research Centre 

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation, funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale. IDRC supports local organisations in the Global South to generate the evidence that is relevant in their context. We provide financial resources, advice, and training to researchers in developing countries to help them find solutions to local problems, and encourage knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities. 

About the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency 

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. We strive to reduce world poverty by allocating resources and knowledge with the goal of making a difference for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. To achieve this, we collaborate with actors from civil society and universities as well as the public and private sector. Sida’s activities are funded through Swedish tax revenue.

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Opens
2020 Jun 7 08:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline
2020 Jul 5 11:59 PM (EDT)