Launch of the N8 PRP Special Small Grant Awards – Policing Covid-19

The N8 Policing Research Partnership is inviting applications for a number of special Research Small Grants on the theme of Policing Covid-19.

As with our Annual Small Grants call, the Policing Covid-19 call will provide pump-priming funds to support research into targeted and important areas of policing work, areas where the gaps in knowledge are most prominent, and where research benefits are of greatest value.

  • Applications should present original and innovative ideas for research co-production between academia, police forces, and/or other policing stakeholders on the theme of Covid-19.
  • The named Principal Investigator must be working at an N8 HEI or one of the 11 Northern Police Forces in the partnership. Both an N8 academic partner and a policing partner from one of the 11 partner police forces must be identified in the application.
  • Project partners from outside the N8 PRP are welcome.
  • The maximum award is £20,000.
  • Research can commence on 5 October 2020 and must be completed by 4 October 2021.
  • Proposals containing some element of match-funding will be prioritised.
  • Awards will not include FEC buy-out for academics already in employment.
  • Interim (at 6 months) and final reports (at 12 months) must be made to the N8 PRP.
  • Applications will be subject to rigorous review from both N8 academics and police partners.

Applications are invited on any subject related to policing Covid-19. However, we are primarily interested in funding applications relating to understanding the impact of Covid-19 on policing, learning lessons from Covid-19 policing for the future, and in particular on the following sub-themes:

  • Impact of Covid-19 on public confidence in policing and community cohesion.
  • The use of Fixed-Penalty Notices for Public Health Regulation breaches.
  • Domestic abuse and coercive control during lockdown.
  • Protecting vulnerable people during lockdown.
  • County lines and illicit drug movements during lockdown.
  • Impact of Covid-19 on operational policing (e.g. police structures and capacity, call handling, deployment, communication, intelligence and data management, identifying risk, use of technology, workforce sickness, wellbeing and morale).

To make an application, please read the guidance document before completing an application form and submitting it to the N8 PRP Academic Director Dr Geoff Pearson ( Queries can be submitted to the N8 PRP Administrator, Oliver Abe (

Link to: Application form         Link to: Awards Process

The application period closes 17.00 on Monday 17 August 2020. Notification of success with be in the week commencing 14 September 2020. Projects can commence from 5 October and must be completed by 4 October 2021.

If you would like to find out more about the N8 PRP, please click here.


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