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Call to support research projects on the social impact of covid-19 (LL20-3)

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Resolution

The aim of the call was to support research projects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Portuguese society.
The call was open to research projects that could complete the entire path from hypotheses to conclusions within a maximum period of 6 months and present the results of the research in an outreach article to be published by the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa”.
The selection process of the proposals received was conducted by academic experts from the field of social sciences. The projects remained anonymous throughout the evaluation process.

 

The projects finally selected were as follows:

  • Mental health after infection: Effects of Covid-19 on survivors’ psychosocial functioning

    Inês Trindade, CINEICC, University of Coimbra, Portugal

  • COVID-19 pandemic and early education services for 0-3 children: Educational and social impact

    Sara Barros Araújo, Centre for Research and Innovation in Education (inED)

  • Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Patients’ Race/Ethnicity and Medical Rationing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Ana Filipa Albuquerque Madeira, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa

  • Teaching and learning at distance in Portugal during COVID-19 times
    Luís Miguel Rainho Catela Nunes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Nova School of Business and Economics

  • Measuring the poverty and inequality impact of Covid-19 and the cushioning effect of policies
    Joana Silva, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

 

Evaluators:

António Fidalgo – Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Clare Vaughan – Newcastle University
Claudia Custodio – Imperial College London
Eva Schliephake – Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Francisco Queiró – Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal)
Geraldo Cerqueiro – Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Ioana Chioveanu – University of Nottingham
Jenny Smith – Social Investment Business (UK)
João Ferrão – Universidade de Lisboa
Jorge García-Hombrados – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Marta Bucholc – Universität Bonn
Marta Fraile – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Miguel Ferreira – Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal)
Teresa Molina-Millán – Universidad de Alicante


Barcelona, 16 November 2020

Call to support research projects about technology and society (FP21-1B)

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Resolution

The aim of the call was to support survey-based research that allows data to be obtained about technology and society in Portugal.
The call was open to survey-based research projects that could complete the entire path from hypotheses to conclusions within a maximum period of 8 months and present the results of the research in an outreach article to be published by the Social Observatory of the ”la Caixa” Foundation. The selection process of the proposals received was conducted by academic experts linked to the field of social sciences. The projects were evaluated without the evaluators knowing the authorship or affiliation of the concurrent researchers.

 

The projects finally selected were as follows:

  • The impact of digitalization on job security and quality in the post-Covid era

    Fernando Almeida, Instituto Superior Politécnico Gaya – ISPGAYA

  • A task-based assessment of the level of digitalization of different sectors of the Portuguese workforce 

    Luis Manso, Associação Laboratório Colaborativo para o Trabalho, Emprego e Proteção Social – LCTEPS

  • Loneliness and problematic use of social networking sites

    Rui Costa, ISPA - Instituto Universitário

  • Teachers promoting digital literacy as a strategy for gender equality – starting from an early age 
    Ana Mouraz, Universidade Aberta (Portugal)

  • Teleworking and Health 
    Pedro Laires, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

 

The following researchers participated in the selection process:

Phase 1

Ana Alexandre – CICS.NOVA
Maria João Leote de Carvalho – CICS.NOVA
Isabel Dias – University of Porto
Teresa Herdeiro - Aveiro University
Sara Barros Araújo - Polytechnic institute of Porto
Susana Batista - NOVA FCS

Phase 2

Carl Bonner-Thompson – University of Brigthon
Mattia Guidi – University of Siena
Cláudia Custodio - Imperial College
Alexandra Lopes - University of Porto
Emla Fitzsimons - University College London
 

Barcelona, 17 December 2021

 

Call to support survey-based projects on the social impact of Covid-19 in Portugal

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Resolution

The aim of the call was to support survey-based research that allows data to be obtained on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Portuguese society. The call was open to research projects that could complete the entire path from hypotheses to conclusions within a maximum period of 6 months and present the results of the research in an outreach article to be published by the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa”. The selection process of the proposals received was conducted by academic experts from the field of social sciences. The projects remained anonymous throughout the evaluation process.

 

The projects finally selected were as follows:

  • Health and well-being of the Portuguese citizens: impacts of the COVID-19

    Lara Palmira Gomes Medeiros Nobre de Noronha e Ferreira, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

  • “To take or not to take?”: Perceptions of the Portuguese Population on Covid-19 Vaccination

    Maria Teresa Herdeiro, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

  • The social impact of Infection Prevention and Control on residential structure for the elderly during COVID-19 crisis

    Sónia Gonçalves Pereira, Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal

 

The following researchers participated in the selection process:

Diana Bonfim - Banco de Portugal
Lénia Mestrinho - Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal)
Miquel Requena - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain)
Tim Riffe Max Planck - Institute for Demographic Research (Germany)


Barcelona, 16 November 2020

Social Research Call 2022 (SRC 2022)

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The Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” Foundation launches an open and competitive call to fund excellent, innovative and socially-oriented research projects. Proposals must generate new knowledge to broaden our understanding of the major challenges of today’s society, using quantitative methods.

The submission of proposals is structured through a two-stage procedure:

Submission period for proposals: January 10-25, 2022

 

GOALS

  • This call will support excellent social research projects that rely on robust quantitative evidence and an original and innovative approach to provide robust information to better understand current and emerging social challenges.
  • Projects must be focused on Portugal and/or Spain.

 

GRANTS

  • Up to €100,000 per project and up to 24 months duration.

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

The call is open to researchers who can demonstrate research independence and evidence of prior achievements. For this reason, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • Certify at least 1 scientific article published in Q1 journals according to the rankings Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) from Scopus or the Journal Citations Report (JCR) from Web of Science in the last 5 years before the closure of the call. For the latter, only indexes Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) are considered.
  • Hold a PhD awarded more than 2 years before the call deadline as written in the Rules for participation (i.e. before 25th January 2020).

The call is aimed at supporting proposals led by individual researchers of any nationality who conduct their research activity at a non-profit organization: public or private university or research centre legally based in Spain or Portugal.

 

TIMELINE

Phase 1 - Application period (short proposals)

  • Opening of the submission period for short proposals: 10th January 2022
  • Submission deadline: 25th January 2022, at 2 pm CET
  • Evaluation of short proposals: February - March 2022

 

Phase 2 - Pre-selected Proposals (full proposals)

Opening of submission period for full proposals: March 2022

  • Submission deadline: 26th April 2022, at 2 pm CET
  • Evaluation phase 2.1: May 2022
  • Evaluation phase 2.2 (interviews): 22nd-23rd June 2022
  • Announcement of funded projects:  July 2022

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • The submission of proposals is structured incrementally through a two-phase procedure. Applicants will first submit a 3-page short proposal describing the research idea and the social challenge(s) addressed, taking into consideration its novel and innovative aspects.
  • Applicants with successful short proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal of up to 15 pages providing detailed information on the project and the methodology. At this stage, applicants will also be required to submit a brief document regarding their research expertise and social and public sector expertise (1 page each).
  • Both proposals and the documents required must be submitted in English. All information regarding this programme will be exclusively available in English.

 

 CONTACT

 

 

CALL DOCUMENTS 

Brochure

Rules for participation
 
Assessment of proposals

 

PHASE 1 DOCUMENTATION

Checklist for phase 1 submissions

Guidelines for the short proposal

Manual Submission short proposal

How have covid-19 prevention measures affected professionals working at nursing homes?

A survey of nursing home health professionals

Catarina Santos-Marques, ciTechCare, Polytechnic of Leiria
Catarina Mangas, CICS-NOVA.PLeiria – iACT, CI&DEI, ESECS, Polytechnic of Leiria
Tânia Marques, CARME, ESTG, Polytechnic of Leiria
Ana Paula Gil, CICS-NOVA, NOVA-FCSH
Nelson Campos Ramalho, BRU-ISCTE
Sónia Gonçalves Pereira, ciTechCare, Polytechnic of Leiria
Call to support survey-based projects on the social impact of Covid-19 in Portugal

The impact of covid-19 on older people in nursing homes has been thoroughly researched, but less is known about the impact on its health professionals. To protect nursing homes’ fragile population, strict infection prevention and control (IPC) measures were implemented practically overnight. An online survey was conducted between March and May 2021 to Portuguese Social Security registered nursing home professionals about the impact of this sudden change. Results show that training was essential in helping them cope. Direct care workers were the most impacted in their working conditions but experienced less fear and fewer negative emotions than other nursing home professionals.
Key points
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       An online survey was conducted between March and May 2021 to Portuguese Social Security registered nursing home professionals, taken by 458 professionals: 25 nurses, 287 professional staff members, 67 managers, and 79 direct care workers. Respondents were mostly Portuguese women, and their average age was 41 years. One third reported having had covid-19, and the majority of these indicated that they had been infected at work.
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       Respondents considered infection prevention and control (IPC) measures of paramount importance to help them feel safer and reduce their risk of infection. Despite difficulties in applying them, the majority plan to keep them after the pandemic.
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       Direct care workers reported feeling safer and being less affected by negative emotions during the pandemic than managers and professional staff members. In supporting feelings of safety, training was reported to be more important than the actual application of IPC measures.
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       Respondents reported that physical distancing and the use of masks greatly hindered face-to-face communication, but only 15% respondents thought that they had a negative effect on care. Managers reported that communication with people outside the institution was of poorer quality than before the pandemic.
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       Working conditions worsened mainly for direct care workers during the pandemic, with substantially more working hours and rotating and consecutive shifts, as well as reduced rest. Professional staff and managers were less affected.
  • 6
       Respondents reported major disruptions in their family lives (separate meals and bedrooms) and social life (avoiding public spaces and social interactions, quitting volunteer activities) with an overall decrease in the expression of physical affection.

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Catarina Santos-Marques , ciTechCare, Polytechnic of Leiria
Catarina Mangas , CICS-NOVA.PLeiria – iACT, CI&DEI, ESECS, Polytechnic of Leiria
Tânia Marques , CARME, ESTG, Polytechnic of Leiria
Ana Paula Gil , CICS-NOVA, NOVA-FCSH
Nelson Campos Ramalho , BRU-ISCTE
Sónia Gonçalves Pereira , ciTechCare, Polytechnic of Leiria

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